The latest on Spain

Due to the continued UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice against all but essential travel to all areas of Spain, we have extended holiday cancellations to our Spanish destinations. The cancellations apply to all holidays to the Canary Islands, Malaga, Majorca and Alicante due to depart on or before 30 September 2020. They also apply to all Ibiza, Menorca and Reus holidays due to depart on or before 31 October 2020. All affected customers will be able to amend their holiday for free and receive a booking incentive or cancel and receive a full cash refund.

First Choice holidays to Spain are likely to start up again soon

Once the government advice changes, you’ll be able to go on holiday to Spain with First Choice again. You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to give you complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.

THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE

  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 2 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults On mainland Spain (Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, the Barcelona area, and the Valencia and Andalucia regions) and in the Balearic and Canary Islands, face masks are mandatory in all public places, including public areas in hotels and apartments. A 100 euro fine will be issued for anyone not adhering to these rules. There are some exceptions. For example, face masks are not mandatory while sunbathing or swimming at the beach or around the pool, although you will need to wear a mask on arrival at the beach or pool and when you get up to go to the bar or the bathroom. You don’t need to wear a face mask when taking part in sports activities, but you will need to wear one in the changing rooms and reception area. You’ll need to wear a mask at restaurants, including on terraces, except when eating or drinking. Some restaurants may also provide you with gloves to wear. You’ll also need to wear a mask in non-public areas if you’re in close proximity with people outside of your family, for example if you share a car with another family. This does not apply to people who are unable to wear face coverings for health reasons.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged six years and over. They’re also recommended for children between three and five years old.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You must complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form after you’ve checked in online, within 24 hours of departure. If you don’t, you may be denied boarding, delayed or subject to a health assessment on arrival.

Complete the Spain Passenger Locator Form here.

  • Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll get a confirmation email and QR code, which you’ll need to show at border control in Spain.
  • If you have a mobile device, you must also download the SpTH app before visiting Spain.
Other need-to-knows Your temperature will be checked on arrival at the airport.
Gatherings of groups of more than 15 people are not permitted.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Spain.

Beaches Open.
Restaurants and bars

Bars and restaurant capacity is reduced to 50% for indoor spaces. For those with an outdoor terrace, the maximum capacity is 75%. Bars must not close any later than 2am.

BALEARIC ISLANDS
On the island of Majorca, all bars, discos and restaurants on the Punta Ballena party strip in Magaluf will remain closed until at least 15th September 2020. The same applies to the Calle de la Cerveza and Calle del Jamon nightlife areas in Palma.

CANARY ISLANDS
In the Canary Islands, you can only have a maximum of 10 people on a table at a restaurant or bar, inside or outside. Plus, night-time entertainment can only take place in open-air bars.

Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities Nightclubs in the Balearic Islands remain closed. In the Canary Islands, night-time entertainment can only take place in open-air bars.
Masks are mandatory in shops.

Here’s the key information on getting to Spain.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Spain.

Car hire This is permitted in certain parts of Spain.
Public transport You must wear a face mask on public transport.
Hiking Not permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Spain.

Read the full FCDO advice here.