UK issues dual travel alerts for citizens visiting Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
travel alerts

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office have recently released two important updates aimed at British tourists planning to travel to Spain this summer.  

These alerts cover concerns regarding crime reporting and the latest developments in coronavirus prevention measures. In the most recent update issued on Friday, July 7, the Foreign Office provided a comprehensive guide on how to report a crime in Spain. It advises British tourists to remain cautious of street crimes, particularly instances of careless theft.  

Additionally, visitors are warned about criminals who target foreign-registered and rental cars, as well as individuals impersonating police officers who may ask drivers to hand over their wallets instead of travel documents. 

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Significant change 

One significant change outlined in the update is that the English-speaking police helpline, previously accessible at +34 90 210 2112, is no longer operational. Therefore, UK tourists who need to report a crime, including instances of theft or lost or stolen passports, are advised to visit the nearest police station to file a report. Furthermore, if a tourist misplaces or has their passport stolen, they should proceed to the closest British consulate to apply for an emergency travel document. Then, once they return to the United Kingdom, they can then obtain a replacement passport. 

Coronavirus prevention measures 

Alongside the crime reporting guidance, the Foreign Office has also issued a warning regarding coronavirus prevention measures in Spain. According to the guidance provided, the use of Covid masks has been completely phased out. Moreover, individuals who experience symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 during their stay in Spain are no longer required to self-isolate. 

Furthermore the Foreign Office offers a guide with all the advice as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:  

  • advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks 
  • information for women, LGBT+ and disabled travellers 


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