Travelers coming to the U.K. from Spain after midnight will have to quarantine for 14 days, the British government announced Saturday.
The decision to take Spain off the so-called travel corridors list follows a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, where 2,255 new cases of the virus were reported on Friday, according to the Telegraph. Spanish officials have also warned a second wave could be imminent.
“We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary. Both our list of quarantine exemptions and the FCO travel advice are being updated to reflect these latest risk assessments,” a government spokesperson said in a statement.
“Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.”
The British government is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.
Other countries also have restrictions on travel to and from Spain: France is advising its citizens not to travel to Catalonia, while Norway requires people returning from Spain to undergo a 10-day quarantine.
A Spanish foreign ministry spokesperson said the country is safe to visit, the Telegraph reported. “The Spanish government considers the situation under control. New outbreaks have been identified, isolated and controlled. Spain is a safe country. We respect the decisions of the United Kingdom and remain in contact with the British authorities.”
Meanwhile, five other destinations were added to England’s quarantine-free list: Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.