Should I Travel to Spain? Prevent the Spread of Covid-19
With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world said goodbye to its travel plans. However, with the tireless work of medical professionals and the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. At long last it is becoming easier for us to travel once again! With the necessary precautions taken of course. But just because we can travel once again, does that mean with should? And if so, what are some of the ways in which we can prevent the spread of Covid-19? In this article, we at Flamingo Tours hope we can help answer some of these queries!
Can I Travel to Spain?
In the midst of a pandemic, of course one of the safest options for ourselves and for others is to reduce unnecessary travel where possible. However, with that being said, after months of being cooped up indoors, we understand everyone’s eagerness to finally have their lives back to some normality. So lucky for us, travel to Spain is not prohibited. This does not matter whether you’re visiting for business reasons or simply for a vacation.
However, it is important to note that there are several Spanish entry requirements that must be met before you can enter the country. To learn more about these covid restrictions, please consult our informative article: ‘The Travel Advisory: Spain and Covid-19’ (insert this as a link) where we discuss everything you need to know before travelling!
Keep Safe and Prevent the Spread of Covid-19
The basics of keeping safe during a pandemic go without saying. It is vitally important that we all maintain good hygiene and respect social distancing precautions in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. All Spanish establishments provide their own hand sanitizing stations, and we ask that people please make frequent use of them! We also highly recommend that you carry your own sanitizer with you too, so that you can disinfect your hands after opening doors, handling money and using public transport.
In Spain, the use of masks is obligatory in all indoor areas, on public transport, and even in outdoor areas where there is a large volume of people (ie: tourist attractions, zoos, etc). The use of masks on the streets is not longer obligatory here. However, you will still see a lot of locals opting to wear their masks at all times anyway. This however is up to the individual’s preference.
Bars and restaurants are currently open in Spain. However, there are still restrictions when it comes to capacity and ordering food/drinks. When in Spain, customers must remain at their designated seating areas and maintain their distance from other tables. Similarly, customers are required not to order directly from the bar and are to remain seated until the servers come to their table.
Coming down with a common cold or other illness is not uncommon while being abroad. A sudden change in climate from what we’re used to can often cause us to become unwell. What’s more, hours spent out in the sun and taking it a little too far with the vacation drinking never helps. However, in times like this it is more important than ever to remain cautious. Should you find yourself feeling unwell, you need to take the necessary precautions. These include isolating and maintaining a distance from others. As well as wearing your face mask and practicing good and regular hygiene.
Whether you think you have Covid or not, if you begin to display even mild symptoms, or have been in contact with an infectious person, it is important to get tested. It is extremely difficult to avail of free Covid tests from public healthcare providers unless you show extreme symptoms. Otherwise, you’re only option is to book an appointment through a private clinic.
Similarly, you can also make appointments in these clinics for a Rapid Antigen Test. Although, it is important to note that these tests are less accurate than the standard PCR-Test. From July, Spanish pharmacies are now also permitted to sell at-home Rapid Antigen test kits. Therefore, you can test yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Should your condition progress, do not hesitate to get in contact with a local medical provider who may be able to advise you of the appropriate next steps.
We at Flamingo Tours & Trips hope that we were able to shed some light on the current state of the pandemic in Spain and offer some helpful insight into the ways in which we can help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Should you have further questions, please consult some of our other Covid related articles.