Coronavirus: UK quarantine restrictions unjust – Spain PM

Published:Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020 06:07

Coronavirus: UK quarantine restrictions unjust – Spain PM

The UK government decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on everyone arriving from Spain was “unjust”, the country’s prime minister has said.

Pedro Sánchez said tourists in most Spanish regions would be safer from coronavirus than in the UK, and he was hoping Britain would rethink its move.

He said talks were ongoing after the UK also advised against all but essential travel to the whole of Spain.

Labour said the government’s handling of the restrictions had been “chaotic”.

But the UK government said it has no plans to change its decision to reintroduce the quarantine measures from last Sunday – with Boris Johnson’s official spokesman warning that “no travel is risk-free during this pandemic”.

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On Monday, the Foreign Office also extended its travel advice for Spain, now telling people to avoid non-essential journeys to the Canary and Balearic Islands, as well as mainland Spain.

But some travel agents say they are struggling to understand the logic of the UK government’s advice, because the islands have lower coronavirus infection rates.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: “Hundreds of thousands of UK holidaymakers in Spain or about to fly are utterly confused.”

‘UK error’

In an interview with the Telecinco TV network, Mr Sánchez said he was hoping to convince the UK to reverse its decision to remove Spain from the list of countries exempt from quarantine rules.

He said: “We are talking with British authorities to try to get them to reconsider a measure that, in our opinion, is not well adjusted if we consider epidemiological criteria of Spain, particularly in some tourist destinations in our country.”

Spain’s prime minister said the UK had made an “error” by considering the infection rate for the whole country.