Covid, terrorism and civil unrest: US travel warning against Spain

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The US has issued a travel warning against Spain highlighting the risk of Covid, terrorism and civil unrest.

The US State Department has declared Spain to be a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” destination. The travel advisory notice published on July 26 said, “The  Centres for Disease Control  and Prevention  has issued a  Level 4 Travel Health Notice  for  Spain due to Covid-19, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country.”

The country summary also stated, “Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping centres, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

“Demonstrations are common. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events,” it added.

Portugal has also been designated at Level 4 for travel as of July 26, while France is at Level 3 as is Italy with the State Department also warning on July 16 that “Italy has a longstanding risk presented by terrorist groups.”

The US has also designated the UK as “Level 4: Do Not Travel” since July 19. It also warns of terrorism and, “There is also a risk of isolated violence by dissident groups in Northern Ireland, focused primarily on police and military targets.”

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.