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UK Advises Against All But Essential Travel To Parts Of Spain

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UK Advises Against All But Essential Travel To Parts Of Spain

The Foreign Office has issued a warning for people not to travel to regions of Spain unless it's essential, in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The areas that people have been advised to avoid are regions that the Spanish Ministry of Health have designated as areas of community transmission of coronavirus.

They are: Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).

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The streets of Madrid. Credit: PA
The streets of Madrid. Credit: PA

The Spanish government has suspended all incoming flights from Italy until 25 March. They have also asked people to avoid unnecessary travel and to consider remote working where possible.

Authorities in the most affected regions (listed above) are putting in place extraordinary measures such as the temporary closure of schools, public sports centres, theatres and day care centres for the elderly due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

National museums in Madrid (Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza) are closed until further notice.

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People intending to travel to Spain should consult their airlines and tour operators. Further information about airports in Spain can be found here.

easyJet waives flight change fees. Credit: PA
easyJet waives flight change fees. Credit: PA

If you've got flights booked through easyJet, the airline has announced that it's scrapping its fee to change flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

An email was sent out to customers to let them know about the flexible new rules, which will see the company waive the fees it usually charges, meaning customers will only have to pay for any difference in fare.

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easyJet said in a statement: "We understand there is uncertainty around travel at this time, so if you currently have a booking with us but would prefer not to fly then from tomorrow (13.03.2020), you can now change your flight online and we will waive the flight change fee.

"This applies to all existing and new bookings until further notice. Should there be a difference in fare you'll need to pay this - however by waiving the change fee, we want to ensure you have more flexibility to amend your travel plans."

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