Coronavirus Spain travel advice including what to do if you have a holiday booked


The coronavirus pandemic has caused the FCO to advise to all but essential travel to certain parts of Spain including Madrid and parts of the Basque Country.

So, what does this mean if you have a holiday booked to Spain in the next few weeks?

If you had a trip planned to one of the destinations under the new FCO guidelines, then your trip will be cancelled by your firm. If your destination isn’t on the list, then technically your holiday is still going ahead.

To give you a helping hand we’ve put together a Spain travel advice guide amidst the pandemic, which includes the list of destinations where the FCO advises against travel, what to do if your trip is affected, and more advice if you have a holiday booked to another Spanish destination.

Check out the guide below…

A woman wears a protective face mask in Madrid

Which areas are affected by the FCO advice?

At the time of writing the FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the following destinations:

  • Madrid and La Rioja
  • The municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country)
  • Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).

The government has also advised: “People intending to travel to Spain should consult their airlines and tour operators. Further information about airports in Spain can be found here .” 

Madrid is one of the affected destinations

If you had a holiday planned to Spain

If you had a trip planned to Spain to one of the affected destinations, get in touch with your travel firm or tour operator.

It’s likely they will offer a range of options such as rebooking your trip at a later date, or changing your itinerary to include new destinations so that you can still go on holiday. It’s worth noting that you are also entitled to request a full refund.

If you have travel insurance, check your policy as some providers do cover cancellation for an epidemic.

(If you do travel to one of the affected regions, you won’t be covered by your travel insurance).

We’ve also got a guide on your rights if you get stuck abroad in a quarantine.

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If the FCO doesn’t advise against travel to your Spanish destination

In theory, your holiday is still going ahead. If the FCO doesn’t advise against travel, it’s unlikely that your flight will be cancelled or your holiday cancelled.

You should always check the latest FCO Spain advice before setting off for your travels.

If you no longer want to travel even though there’s no official advice against it, it gets a little more complicated.


As the FCO doesn’t advise against travel, your travel firm doesn’t need to refund you or offer an alternative travel date – and your travel insurance is unlikely to cover you for simply choosing not to travel.

It’s still worth speaking to your firm or airline, as often they are willing to help find a solution, sometimes by offering you the option to rebook for a later date. (For example, a number of cruise lines have introduced flexible booking policies during this uncertain time).

You can find about more your options in our overall coronavirus travel advice guide , as well as tips on what to do if there’s an outbreak during your holiday.

If you do travel, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shared advice on how to protect yourself from the virus.

What travel insurance will cover

It depends on your policy.

If the FCO advises against travel to your destination, you might be able to get a refund for ‘out of pocket losses’. However, it’s likely that you may need to prove you couldn’t get this money back from another source.

If there’s no advice against your Spanish destination but you no longer want to go on holiday, then it’s unlikely you will be able to claim – most insurance providers don’t cover ‘disinclination to travel’ (but it’s worth checking your policy for this phrase).

You can find out more in our coronavirus travel insurance guide .





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