Heathrow and Gatwick: Foreign Office issues update to anyone going on holiday to Spain

It seems like so long ago now that face masks in the UK were a requirement when out in public places, so Brits going on holiday to other parts of Europe can be forgiven for thinking they’re exempt from wearing it abroad.

Many Brits travelling to Spain have been surprised to find that face masks were still a requirement in the sunny Mediterranean country, but holidaymakers planning their half-term getaways to Spain will now be pleased to know this is no longer the case.

The UK Foreign Office updated its advice to travellers on Wednesday, stating that face masks for those visiting Spain are only mandatory in hospitals and medical centres. This includes other places where healthcare is provided, such as dentists, opticians and pharmacies.

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The same rule applies for people who are visiting caring or nursing homes in Spain. However, people who have respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt, as are children under the age of six, the UK government website advises.

Saying that, Spain still maintains some restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19, and these rules can vary from region to region, so it is best to check the rules with the local governing authority of the region you are visiting before you travel.

Regional governments in Spain have the authority to lighten and tighten restrictions at will in accordance with what they deem to be an appropriate reaction to the threat of contagious outbreaks, so those travelling to Spain should be prepared for such changes.

Shops, hotels, bars and other privately-owned businesses may also have their own measures in place against the pandemic.

Should you contract Covid-19 before travelling to or from Spain, you are advised to take steps to self-isolate and in severe cases seek medical treatment before travelling. This could mean delaying or cancelling your journey.

Travellers should check the details of their travel insurance before setting out to better understand what it covers in the event of their travel plans being disrupted under such circumstances.

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