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Revised travel advice from UK government enforces non-essential travel to Spanish Islands and its mainland

A surge in coronavirus infection rates in Spain has resulted in a decision by UK Health Minister Helen Whately to require that that all travellers entering the UK from all parts of Spain remain in quarantine. The ruling includes the islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Balearics and Canaries and means that returning tourists must provide and address where they must self-isolate for 14 days or risk a fine.

Travel firm TUI UK has cancelled all holidays to mainland Spain and its islands for the next few days, following the government’s change. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Jet2 stated that they will continue their, “scheduled programme of flights back to the UK from these destinations” but there will be no flights out to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza with the airline.

Following an interview on BBC breakfast and Sky News this morning, Whately stated that the government looked at advice from the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England and the Joint Bio-Security Centre to act decisively and impose the decision.

She added: “After all the hard work and sacrifices that were made during our lockdown period we are now able to cautiously reduce some of those restrictions and we cannot take the risk of going back to a situation where you have rising rates of Covid happening across the country.”

So, what does this mean for those wanting to visit France?

Meanwhile, France still welcomes British and other EU tourists and does not require a quarantine period upon entering the country, nor is there a requirement to self-isolate on the return home.

COVID-19 testing is obligatory for all persons coming from 16 countries (see the list below) that are considered high-risk, including the United States. Persons arriving from the United Kingdom or the Schengen zone are not required to test before entering France but can if they want.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex stressed that Coronavirus tests will be rolled out across France by August 1 and will also be carried out at French ports. As for now, some French airports, including Paris airports, Bordeaux and Lyon, are offering tests on a voluntary basis to passengers arriving on French soil.

Whately recommends those who are looking at going abroad should, “look at the Foreign Office advice, check your travel insurance and the conditions with your operator.”

Citizens of the following countries will be required to test before entering France:

  • US
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrein
  • Panama
  • South Africa
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Israel
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Algeria
  • Turkey
  • Madagascar
  • India
  • Oman

Morocco, up to this point, is not included in the list, but may be added at a later date.


  1. Bonjour!
    I am an American who absolutely LOVES France. (Spain is pretty nice too). But, when I see so much unverified fear- instilled “information being written and shared in the media, it is really frustrating. I’m in the medical field myself, and have been working hard this entire time, since March “lockdowns”! Enough, already!! I need my dose of FRANCE!!
    The continued lock-downs, preventing travel and commerce have started looking kind of petty and somewhat politically
    motivated. Interesting how something can control the freedom of movement of whole swathes of people in this world, while allowing some the privilege of thriving for some, and as for others, not so much. All through history, when there is an epidemic, it has to “play itself out”. I’m careful myself with mask, gloves when indicated, and distancing, but I’d much rather be doing that in beloved France ….(even said, I am a loyal and proud American too! Thanks for listening,
    Rebecca in Arizona, where you don’t need a sweater or a jacket