Holidaymakers and travellers from Spain must now quarantine

Sun, 26/07/2020 - 07:34 -- Editor

Those travelling from Spain and its islands into the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will now be required to quarantine for 14 days.

The decision to introduce a quarantine period has been taken following medical and scientific advice.  The new regulations will take effect from midnight tonight, therefore anyone arriving after that time must self-isolate.

Speaking about the changes Health Minister Robin Swann said: “The decision to remove Spain from the exempt list was not taken lightly.  I have always said I will move swiftly and take the necessary action to ensure our citizens are protected.  I have spoken with my counterparts across the UK today and we agree that the recent upsurge in new positive cases in different parts of Spain are a cause for concern.

“As of midnight tonight, anyone returning or visiting Northern Ireland from Spain, including its islands will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  I will continue to monitor the situation in Spain and other countries and make the changes to the regulations when necessary.”

Further information is available on nidirect https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exemptions