SPANISH authority has assured that the country is safe for tourists,, rebuking Britain for imposing two-week quarantine on all travelers entering the country from Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Spain is safe, it is safe for Spaniards, it is safe for tourists,” Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told reporters.
She said Spain would try to persuade Britain to exclude the Balearic and Canary Islands from the quarantine measure, contending that the prevalence of the virus in the two popular travel destinations was much lower than in Britain itself.
A year ago, Britons made up about a fifth of foreign visitors to Spain, meaning the British quarantine could deal a blow to the Mediterranean country’s efforts to jump start its economy after months of lockdown because of the virus.
But the number of COVID-19 cases has risen in Spain in the last few weeks, prompting Britain to announce late Saturday it was taking Spain off its safe-travel list. Hours later, the quarantine took effect.
It immediately upset travelers, with one British tourist saying, “Everyone is panicking.”
But Dominic Raab, Britain’s foreign minister, made no apologies for the sudden move, saying the measure is needed because of a recent jump in Spanish COVID-19 cases.
“We can’t make apologies … we must be able to take swift, decisive action,” he told reporters.