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Spain Security Update


Jul 19, 2007
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The foreign and Commonwealth Office have just updated the security advice for Spain.. See below


This advice has been reviewed and re-issued with an amendment to the Summary and Natural Disasters section (fires in some parts of the Canary Islands). The overall level of the advice has not changed.
  • Fires continue to burn in some parts of the Canary Islands following abnormally high temperatures and high winds. The areas affected are sparsely populated, in the north west part of Tenerife and the South west part of Gran Canaria. The fires in Tenerife have been brought well under control, and, for the most part, have been extinguished in Gran Canaria. See the Natural Disasters section of this travel advice for more details.
  • There is a high threat from terrorism in Spain. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See the Terrorism section of this Travel Advice for more details.
  • The Basque terrorist organisation ETA declared an end to their 14 month ceasefire on 5 June 2007.
  • In March 2004, 192 people died and over 1400 were injured following bomb attacks on three trains in Madrid. A group purporting to represent Al Qa’ida claimed responsibility on 13 March.
  • Around 17 million visits to Spain each year are made by British nationals. The main types of incident for which British nationals required consular assistance in Spain in 2006 were for theft and pickpocketing. You should also be alert to the existence of street crime.
  • From 19 June 2007, passengers flying to Spain will need to supply to their airline details of their date of birth, nationality, and passport number before flying. This is part of EU-wide measures to improve security. Further information can be found at:
  • We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel and medical insurance is obtained before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
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