Current Travel Advice for Spain

Forest Fires

There are currently reports of a number of forest fires in the Canary Islands. Fires have also been reported in La Palma and La Gomera. These issues have led to hundreds of local residents being evacuated, even though this is just as a precaution. Due to this there are currently no travel warnings in place. However, if travelling to one of these areas it is advisable that you contact your travel operator.

Taxi Strike.

On Wednesday 1st August, a nationwide strike has been called for all taxi drivers. It is expected that all airports will be affected severely.

If you are travelling to any airport in Spain on the 1st August 2012, you should make sure you arrange for alternative travel. Why not try car hire in Spain as a great alternative as other options will be limited.

Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.

On the 7th July 2012, 14 cases of Legionnaires Disease were reported at the Diamante Beach hotel in Calpe, Spain. Since then, 39 have been diagnosed with the illness and six people (mostly pensioners) have passed away. The hotel was closed on the 3rd July, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention said that unless the source is found the hotel has not lost the risk of future travellers contracting Legionnaires.

The relevant health services have said that those travelling to the Costa Blanca do not have an increased chance of catching Legionaries, and therefore, should continue to travel as normal.

Increase in Seismic Activity.

The Island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands has recently seen an increase in seismic activity, and because of this, the current risk level has been raised to amber. However, all the other islands remain green. The Canary Government Website has the latest updates on this situation, and it is advised that if you intend to travel to any of the Canary Islands you check out this website.

The Governments current stance is that they do not expect an eruption and that all precautions are in place.

Increase in Accidents Occurring from Balconies.

British tourists are being warned not to get involved in Balconing. There have been a number of very serious accidents (some of which have been fatal) involving this highly dangerous ‘stunt’. Balconing is the act of jumping from one balcony to another or from a balcony to a swimming pool. It is also important to know that any travel insurance will most likely be voided if any injury occurs because of this activity. If caught, you will probably be asked to leave by the hotel right away without any financial return.

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