Spain to close all hotels, camps and caravan parks by Thursday – and only British expats allowed into the country – The Sun

SPAIN is closing all hotels and tourist accommodation sites include camps and caravan parks in the latest lockdown update during the coronavirus pandemic.

Only British expats will be allowed into the country, with tourists no longer able to enter.

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The latest update from the government warns that only people who can prove they live in Spain will be allowed to enter the country.

Tourists will still be allowed to leave, although this will become much harder with the majority of terminals at Madrid and Barcelona to close.

Airports on the Balearic and Canary Islands are also affected with Ibiza and Majorca only allowing tourists to leave the islands.

Thousands of British tourists are already scrambling to try and get home as lockdown measures increase.

The UK government warns: "From Monday 23 March, for an initial period of 30 days (although it could be extended), only Spanish citizens or those who can prove they are resident in Spain, will be allowed to enter Spain through airports, ports or land borders."


"In order to enter Spain you may be required to show proof you are resident here such as a residency certificate or other form of ID with your Spanish home address on it.

"British travellers will continue to be allowed to leave Spain. British travellers who are not resident in Spain, should not attempt to travel to enter Spain.'

Last week, it was confirmed that all hotels and Airbnbs would be closed to visitors, while some would open as healthcare services.

The Foreign Office confirmed that all hotels and short-stay accommodation, including campsites and caravan parks will be closed by midnight on March 26.

They added: "The Spanish authorities may ask British travellers to move hotels before 26 March and have underlined that no-one will be left without accommodation."

Long-term accommodation, such as long-stay campsites, would be allowed to remain open as long as guests can cater for themselves, such as not having to use communal spaces and facilities.

A state of emergency has been in place in Spain since March 14 with all public gatherings banned and only stores selling food or medicine allowed open.

There are nearly 40,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain, with more than 2,600 killed by the virus.

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Spanish hotel boss Luis Callejon Sune fears the deadly coronavirus pandemic will devastate the holiday trade in the Costas for three years.

The president of the Association of Costa del Sol Hoteliers  likened the outbreak to a war saying it will leave "zero" appetite for tourism.

However, tourists who are in the country have been slammed for ignoring the rules – a woman was bundled out of a Spanish hotel swimming pool in handcuffs after flouting the strict measures.

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