Spain extends UK travel ban to February 16

SPAIN has extended the UK travel ban to February 16 due to the coronavirus situation in the UK.

The Covid death toll in the UK hit 100,000 this week, making it the highest in Europe.

Spain initially banned non-essential travel into the country until January 9, before extending it to January 19 – this was again extended to February 2.

The travel ban, which is under constant review, is now in place until February 16.

The Spanish Ministry of Health said: "The Council of Ministers extends until February 16 the limitation of direct flights and passenger ships between the United Kingdom and Spain.

"It is a third extension of fourteen calendar days."

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK, this date may be extended again.

Brits are not able to go on holiday at the moment anyway, due to the UK lockdown banning non-essential travel.

New travel restrictions also include quarantine hotels, which are mandatory for 30 countries on the high-risk list, although this does not include Spain.

Spain has not closed their borders altogether with Spanish residents still able to return from the UK.

However, new travel restrictions require a negative coronavirus test on arrival to Spain, as well as one to enter the UK along with a mandatory quarantine.

Airlines and tour operators have also been forced to cancel flights and holidays.

Jet2 has cancelled all flights and package holidays until the end of March, while Ryanair are flying "limited, if any" flights until the restrictions are lifted.

EasyJet, TUI, Virgin and British Airways have also cancelled the majority of their schedules until at least next month.

Majorca has warned that holidays may not return until June due to the pandemic.

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