Tourists have been warned to exercise ‘extreme caution’ when traveling to Spain, Portugal and the UK.
When planning your vacation, it is important to understand what the security status of the country is.
With tensions high in Europe at the moment, the Foreign Office (FDFA) has highlighted the risk involved in traveling abroad.
Spain’s current security status is that tourists should exercise “high caution” when traveling to the country.
The DFA said citizens should exercise caution when planning international travel.
They advised people to consider their own health, vaccination status and what would happen if they tested positive for COVID-19 abroad.
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Another point to note is that flights departing from Ireland and returning home may change at the last minute with changing restrictions.
There is also a “general threat” of terrorism across Europe, with the FDFA rating Spain as a high threat.
The Spanish government’s national terrorism alert level is number four on a scale of one to five, which is very high.
They warned of public gatherings and demonstrations that could take place with little or no warning.
Demonstrations can break out, which could disrupt transport or other services in the country.
The DFA has placed Portugal on the same level as Spain as they state that tourists should exercise ‘high caution’ when traveling in the country.
They added that it is possible that Portugal could suffer from international terrorist attacks targeting civilians and areas frequented by tourists.
COVID-19 is another safety risk, with people urged to consider their travel plans before flying.
The DFA has classified the UK as requiring a “high degree of caution” for tourists traveling overseas.
British authorities have currently classified the threat of a terrorist attack as “substantial”, which is the second highest level of alert. This means that a possible attack is “highly probable”.
They advise tourists to consider that transport measures within and outside the countries will be put in place if such an event occurs.