As Covid rises, the Foreign Office warns Britons about the potential of hotel quarantine.
SPAIN remains on the UK’s amber travel list, although a handful of Britons have tested positive for COVID-19 while in the nation in recent weeks, indicating increased case rates. Any traveler who tests positive in Spain might be quarantined at a hotel.
British travelers in Spain, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands have spoken out in recent weeks about their hotel quarantine experiences after testing positive for COVID-19 while on vacation. Cases are increasing in Spain, prompting a slew of new, more stringent regulations.
As part of the fight against the virus, Spanish authorities have ordered that any tourist who contracts coronavirus while on vacation be placed in self-isolation by the government.
In some situations, a quarantine hotel may be required.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has revised its travel advice page to reflect this, informing Britons that the British government will not cover the cost of these hotel stays.
If Britons acquire Covid symptoms, they should have them checked or tested as soon as possible, according to the FCDO.
“If you suspect you have symptoms, such as a fever or respiratory problems like shortness of breath or a cough, stay in your lodging and call your regional hotline,” says the statement. The FCDO says that “the majority of the regional hotlines listed have English-speaking staff.”
“If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your hotel or resort may have a list of private doctors who may diagnose your symptoms and do a COVID-19 test.”
“If you are tested and the outcome is positive, you must self-isolate in your lodging and phone your regional hotline or one of the alternative helpline numbers listed above,” it says.
“You must remain in your lodging until local Spanish officials contact you. Contact times vary by area and might take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours.
“You may be able to stay in your current lodging or be forced to move into a state hospital or other government-provided facility. While you wait to be transported, you may be expected to pay for lodging.
“The nature of your lodging may differ from the specifications of your pre-arranged hotel, villa, or other lodging.”
Indeed, one Scottish holidaymaker recently characterized the food in her quarantine hotel in Ibiza as “appalling.”
Another English visitor who had been quarantined in Majorca revealed her long wait for water.
Brinkwire Summary News: “I ran out.”