British people in Spain told to come home as all hotels close amid coronavirus pandemic

All British people who are staying in Spain at the moment have been told to come back to the UK after the Spanish government announced the nationwide closure of hotels in the country.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 5:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 5:07 pm

Britons in Spain have been urged to come home before March 24, when the closures will take place.

In a statement from the Foreign Office said: "The Spanish government have confirmed that all hotels will close in Spain from Tuesday 24 March.

"We therefore advise British travellers in Spain to contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible, to arrange their return journey home before this date."

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Tourists stand on the balconies of their rooms at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in La Caleta, where hundreds of people were confined to their rooms after an Italian tourist was hospitalised with a suspected case of coronavirus. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

The number of confirmed cases in Spain stands at 11,178. Authorities there are maintaining a partial lockdown on 47 million people.

Spain has also closed its borders with France and Portugal. Only nationals, residents and cross-border workers are being allowed to enter the country.