It affects establishments that provide short-term accommodation including hostels and campsites. Only those places that provide long-term stays where guests are self-contained and can meet the general lockdown terms across Spain are allowed to stay open.
However, some hotels will be kept open to help those travellers who find themselves stuck in the country and unable to return to their home country, or those who need to stop somewhere and spend the night on their way home.
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These selected hotels will above all be available to those who need to accommodation in order to carry out valuable work during the coronavirus crisis, such as maintenance workers and those involved in delivery of essential supplies.
Spain’s government on Wednesday published an exhaustive list of hotels which will remain open. There are over 400 establishments across Spain, located in all regions.
For the full list check the Official State Bulletin HERE:
British Ambassador to Madrid Hugh Elliott welcomed the news which will provide some relief to those British tourists who have not yet returned to the UK and are currently waiting to secure onward travel plans.
“This is a very difficult time for British nationals who find themselves currently unable to get back to the UK and we welcome this announcement by the Spanish authorities that some hotels and short-stay accommodation will remain open during the state of emergency,” he said.
“Such accommodation is mainly aimed at workers, but there will be options available for British travellers who have not been able to return to the UK yet. Meanwhile we are in close contact with airlines to ensure those of you who wish to return home are able to do so in the coming days. More generally, if you live in the UK and are currently travelling in Spain, you should be making plans to return to the UK while there are still commercial routes available.”
If you haven't been able to return to the UK and have nowhere to stay, the Spanish authorities have published a list of hotels and short-stay accommodation that will remain open during the state of emergency (at end of doc) https://t.co/H2uHCUhIu2 pic.twitter.com/gmeAMnVIql
— UK in Spain (@ukinspain) March 25, 2020
British citizens who are visiting abroad have been told to return home as soon as possible but many are struggling with flight cancellations.