WATCH: British Embassy in Spain issues travel advice to expats and UK tourists trying to get home

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THE British Embassy has published a new video from British Ambassador Hugh Elliott aimed at British tourists in Spain, together with a Q&A to address some of the most frequently asked questions.

https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/videos/254152722274096/?v=254152722274096

 

The main points covered are:

Hotels:

The Spanish Government has ordered that hotels and short-stay accommodation must close by midnight on March 26. These instructions do not apply to long-stay accommodation where people can cater for themselves. The local authorities may ask British travellers to move hotels, as guests are grouped into smaller numbers of hotels, but they have underlined that no-one will be left without accommodation.

We advise British tourists in Spain who wish to return to the UK to make travel plans to do so as soon as possible.

Travel:

Flights are still operating between Spain and the UK, albeit at reduced levels. If you need to book a new flight or bring your return journey forward you should check the airlines’ websites and flight comparison sites. You may need to be flexible about your destination airport in the UK.

Airlines and ferry companies are experiencing a high volume of calls. Check their websites for the latest information. We are working closely with airlines to ensure that flights continue to operate and that British nationals can get home as soon as possible.

Driving through France:

Spain is not restricting land border crossings from Spain to France. To drive back through France, the French authorities require that you fill in a declaration to explain your reason for travel, you should also have evidence of your onward travel plan (ie ferry/rail ticket).  Please check our travel advice page for France for the latest information. If you do not have access to the printer, you can write the declaration by hand. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france

British Ambassador Hugh Elliott said:

“As part of the effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Spanish Government has ordered the closure of all short-stay accommodation by Thursday March 26. I want to reassure you that the Spanish authorities have told us very clearly that no one will be left without accommodation, however, it does make it even more important that you arrange your return journey as soon as possible.

“Flights are still operating from Spain to the UK and tens of thousands of British citizens have successfully returned to the UK in the past few days. Do consult your airline’s website for the latest information and if you need to book a new flight you can also try comparison websites.

“I know that in some places this is proving difficult. We are continuing to liaise with the airlines and Spanish authorities as the situation evolves. We will update our advice regularly. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.”

The latest travel advice for Spain is at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

While some of the most frequently asked questions at www.facebook.com/britsinspain. This will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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