Spain is an incredibly popular tourist hotspot and Brits like to come here both in summer and in the colder months for the winter sun. However, visitors to the area should be aware of a new government advisory regarding their to travel.
On gov.uk, the foreign travel advice for Spain has been slightly adjusted.
This is not a Covid issue, but rather a warning about some protests in the country that could affect travelers.
Holidaymakers to Spain should be aware of this when booking their trips.
The website has updated the information about processions and demonstrations in Spain.
This section of the website reads: “Demonstrations, political rallies or marches can take place in Spain with little or no warning, especially in cities.”
It is recommended that tourists to the country “follow the advice of the police and local authorities”.
Advice on gov.uk continued: “While the vast majority of demonstrations are peaceful, there is a risk of isolated incidents of unrest or violence.
“If you are in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, stay vigilant and leave quickly if there are any signs of disorder.”
On Saturday, October 22, protests broke out in the capital.
According to CGTN, the protest called for higher wages and pensions in line with inflation as the cost of living crisis continues to engulf Europe.
Three thousand people reportedly flocked to protest in Madrid.
A similar protest took place in Barcelona on October 19, when hundreds of activists postponed the opening of an international real estate exchange.
This was also due to the deterioration in the cost of living in the country.
In this case, some protesters threw paint at those present and others were removed by the police.
The Spanish government has warned visitors to the country to be aware that such protests could take place “without or with little warning”.
As for crime in Spain, the government advised visitors to be on the lookout for street crime, especially thieves who use distraction techniques.
It also advised travelers to take care of important personal belongings and buy their own drinks and keep an eye on them at all times to make sure they don’t sting.
As regards Covidrestrictions have now been lifted for those entering Spain.
The guideline reads: “As of October 21, 2022, all COVID-19 travel restrictions for travelers to Spain will be lifted.
“The rules that previously applied to travelers who came to Spain no longer apply.
You no longer need to demonstrate that you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, you no longer need to demonstrate that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months , you are no longer required to complete a health check form prior to travel.”