My high school has a trip to Spain planned for 4/18-4/27/03. Is there a travel advisory regarding Spain. Is there anti American sentiment in Madrid?
Yes, there are consular information sheets.
If you go to
and look at the flags on the left hand side
you will see that there are four links to consular
travel advice on Spain from the United States, United
Kingdom, Australia and Canada. The advice from all
four governments is updated as necessary and it's a
good idea to read any updates before going abroad.
There are currently no specific Travel Warnings
regarding Spain but it's as well to read the standard
advice relating to Spain from the US and - if you have
time - from the other countries.
> Is there anti American sentiment in
Certainly nothing to worry about unless you're a high
ranking member of the United States government!
In Spain, as in the UK, France, Germany and other
countries in the EU, public sentiment is divided
between those who support the Bush administration and
those who oppose it.
Significantly, governments and populace are not in
line with each other. Jose Maria Aznar's government in
Spain has swung behind Washington and alongside the
UK, Spain is one of the chief coalition allies of the
That doesn't mean that all Spaniards share Senor
Aznar's convictions. But, while there are individuals
who do not differentiate between the US people and the
US government, those who are informed and discerning
enough to be taking a stand against the Bush
administration over Iraq are unlikely to be confusing
the United States government with the United States
So your party will, I am quite certain, be greeted and
treated in a very warm and welcoming manner during
your stay in Madrid and Spain by everyone (whether
they opposed the invasion or not).
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