Is Barcelona safe to travel
Summer, sun, beach: Spain is the classic destination for Germans on vacation. The island of Mallorca is right at the top of the popularity list, but the other islands of the Balearic Islands, the Canaries or cities like Madrid and Barcelona are also frequently booked destinations. But tourism figures collapsed in the Corona crisis.
Along with Italy and Great Britain, Spain is one of the countries in Europe most affected by the coronavirus, the outbreak resulted in an emergency lasting more than three months from March 14.
Spain vacation: how safe is it in times of corona?
Since June 21st, the Spaniards have been able to move freely again, the curfew has been lifted. Vacationers from other countries are also allowed to re-enter after the state of emergency has ended.
There is currently hardly anything in the way of a holiday in Spain without an entry ban or quarantine obligation. Nevertheless, vacationers must consider a few points before their trip. We answer the most important questions here.
What is the current corona situation in Spain?
The number of infections in Spain has fallen sharply since mid-May. But: Worldwide, Spain is still among the ten countries most severely affected by Corona - with more than 250,000 infections and more than 28,300 deaths (as of July 6).
Where are the most corona infections in Spain?
It is important to know that the sources of infection in Spain are in Castile and Leon, Madrid and Catalonia. The situation is relaxed on the popular island destinations for Germans on summer vacation, from Mallorca to Ibiza to Formentera.
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Regions in Galicia and Catalonia are cordoned off
There are currently two lockdowns in Spain: The Catalan region of Segrià was cut off on Saturday until further notice, affecting 200,000 people.
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And on Sunday, July 5th, this news came: Another district is affected. A Marina in Galicia will also be cordoned off for five days - from July 6th to 10th. There are probably several bars at the origin of the new infections. A lockdown is not yet necessary, reports the newspaper "La Vanguardia".
What do I have to consider when entering Spain?
Entry into Spain has been permitted for German citizens again since June 21, the borders are open. So you can also come to the country to take a vacation there.
Entry only after registration and with a QR code
As part of the preparation for the summer vacation, it is important to know that since July 1st you have to register online before departure and show a QR code.
In order to receive this, tourists must fill out an entry form online via the website of the health authority Spain Travel Health, which is also possible in German. Alternatively, travelers can also download the free “Spain Travel Health SpTH” app. During a transition period until July 31, the form can also be completed on paper on the plane.
In addition to personal information, the so-called FCS form also asks for the duration of the trip and the accommodation as well as whether the travelers contracted Covid-19, whether they were in quarantine or where they had previously traveled.
There is no quarantine requirement for holidaymakers in Spain, but there are health checks at the airports. The temperature is measured, tourists with over 37.5 degrees or other Covid 19 symptoms are subjected to further examinations and, if necessary, a corona test. Entrants must be in quarantine until the result is available.
Which corona measures apply in Spain?
In Spain there is a mask requirement in all public places inside and outside of closed rooms, where a safety distance of one and a half meters cannot be kept, informs the Foreign Office. A mask is generally required on public transport. Children under the age of six are exempt.
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There are also plenty of hygiene rules on the beaches and in the hotels. We were on site in Mallorca and tested the holiday in Corona times:
Can I cancel my vacation in Spain?
Many vacationers are still unsure of how safe it is to travel at the moment. Many also do not want to travel because of the hygiene measures - for example mask compulsory on the plane, rules in the hotels on site -. Can you cancel for free? This could actually be difficult on a holiday in Spain.
Because entry is now possible again, and the situation on site has calmed down as a result of the easing. And according to EU law, holidaymakers can only cancel a package tour free of charge if they are prevented from their booked trip due to exceptional circumstances.
“This applies, for example, if the infrastructure at the destination has not yet been rebuilt, you cannot use the hotel pool on a beach holiday or you cannot use the all-inclusive package,” explains travel lawyer Paul Degott.
However, if the tour operator does not cancel the cancellation himself due to exceptional circumstances, then the burden of proof lies with the consumer. He must therefore be able to prove why he is currently unable to take the booked trip. "Anyone who is unsure about the situation at their holiday destination can get information from the usual media and on the website of the Foreign Office," says the travel lawyer.
But: In the current situation, many tour operators and airlines are still offering free rebooking to a later date as a gesture of goodwill.
Are there any flights to Spain again?
Since Spain lifted the alarm on June 21, the airlines have been ramping up their program again. However, there are still fewer flights than in pre-Corona times, and nobody has yet returned to 100 percent. Ryanair and the Lufthansa Group put the planned flight program for the next few months at 40 percent, for example.
The top destination for German flight connections is Palma de Mallorca with 326 departures from Germany in the second week of July, reports the ADAC.
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