Brits warned against non-essential travel to areas of Spain as Coronavirus concern escalates
13 March 2020, 15:04 | Updated: 7 April 2020, 10:59
The government has updated its travel advice to Brits hoping to go on holiday to Spain.
As of April 6th, 2010, The Foreign Office has changed the travel restrictions and are now advising against all non-essential travel "indefinitely".
A previous ban was set on March 17th, 2020 for an initial period of only 30 days, however, that advice has now been extended with no end date.
The FCO has stated on Twitter “Travel update: The Foreign Office indefinitely advises against all non-essential global travel.”
A video attached to the tweet read: “The situation is changing rapidly. Travellers could face severe disruption and be unable to return to the UK.“
Brits have been told to avoid all but essential travel to four areas in Spain as the country sees a rapidly growing number of Coronavirus cases.
The Foreign Office today (Friday 13 March) updated its travel advice for Spain, which includes the capital city.
It advises against all non-essential travel to Madrid and La Rioja, as well as and the northern municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (in Basque country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y Leon).
Flights are continuing to operate in these areas.
Spain has seen a rapid increase of the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the country - it has 4,209 as of this morning, with 120 people having died from the illness.
Bars, restaurants and some shops have been ordered to close in Madrid - where 2,000 people have tested positive for the illness - as the city prepares for lockdown, which begins tomorrow.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are advising against all but essential travel to the regions of Madrid, La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro.
"Airlines are continuing to run flights as normal to and from these areas."
There is currently no official advice against travelling to other areas of Spain.