Spain announces UK tourists can now come next week in major boost for summer holidays

Spain announces UK tourists can now come next week in major boost for summer holidays

Spain holidays have been sorely missed by British holidaymakers this year. But in exciting news for UK tourists, Spain has revealed today it is welcoming international travellers from next Sunday. Spain is opening its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen Zone and the UK on June 21.

Other countries from the non-Schengen Zone will be permitted to enter from July 1 onwards.

They will not have to self-quarantine, provided there is a reciprocal agreement on travel in place.

The Balearic islands are opening up tomorrow as part of the first-ever test of coronavirus protocols for holidaymakers.

Authorities will be able to test all the arrangements made to protect people against any possible coronavirus threat.

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Measures include checking all the protocols from the moment the tourists arrive at the airport to the time they leave and everything in-between.

They will test: transport, hotels, eating and drinking in the restaurants, pool and terrace guidelines, outings and excursions, taxis and more.

However, the scheme is only open to a limited number of German tourists.

Spain declared a State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) on 14 March.

“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel,” states the government. “This advice is being kept under constant review.”

Rory Boland, Editor of consumer site Which? Travel, commented on the update: “News that Spain will allow UK residents to visit from June 21 is positive progress towards us being able to get away this summer, but it remains too risky to book a holiday.

“The lack of comprehensive travel insurance makes any holiday booking a gamble and the government must urgently work with the insurance industry to provide policies that cover consumers for coronavirus-related disruption, so they can have confidence booking future holidays.

“The FCO’s travel warning should be extended to a definitive date, which can be reviewed if needed, so holiday providers and airlines know what dates it is appropriate to sell flights and holidays for, and travellers have some much-needed assurances around refunds, rebooking or claiming on insurance.”

Published at Sun, 14 Jun 2020 20:58:00 +0000