The Balearic and Canary Islands have been added to the list of areas where all non-essential travel should be avoided, the UK Government has said.
The change in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice comes after it had initially only advised against non-essential travel to mainland Spain.
The addition comes two days after the initial mainland Spain advice was announced on Saturday, coming into force on Sunday.
Advice discouraging non-essential travel now covers Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, and popular Canary Island destinations including Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria.
The move comes after Downing Street warned “no travel is risk-free” after a coronavirus quarantine requirement for people arriving in the UK from Spain was reintroduced.
In updated travel advice for visits to Spain, a statement said: “The FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks in the country.”
An FCO spokesman said: “We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, including the impact of the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK, and concluded that we should advise British nationals against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain.”
The announcement came after the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said decisions on border measures and travel advice “can be changed rapidly if necessary to help stop the spread of the disease”.
He went on: “Unfortunately no travel is risk-free during this pandemic and disruption is possible and so anyone travelling abroad should be aware that our travel advice and exemption list is under constant review as we monitor the international situation.”
The FCO website said: “This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of Covid-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).”
The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.
It adds: “Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.”
The decision comes after the Spanish government said it was in talks with the UK about excluding the Balearic and Canary Islands from its quarantine measures.
But Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “Within individual countries there is no way for us to control intra-country transport, it is therefore very difficult and challenging to have a regional exemption list, and that is why we’ve not been able to give exemptions to the Balearics.”
The Sun reported that Downing Street was against establishing an air bridge to the islands to allow for quarantine-free travel on the grounds that applying different rules to different parts of the country could cause chaos. In such circumstances, someone on holiday in mainland Spain could theoretically fly home via Majorca and avoid quarantine.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK Government “couldn’t give a guarantee” that other countries wouldn’t be taken off the “safe” list.
In an interview with Sky’s Sophie Ridge Mr Raab said: “As we found with Spain we can’t give a guarantee.
“All we can say is we’ve got this joint bio-security centre – you can see we monitor the risk in real-time.
“We take decisive, swift action and so there is an element of uncertainty this summer to people who go abroad and that’s why our advice is to follow the Foreign Office travel advice which will also link in with the quarantine principle, look very carefully at doing that.”