Holidays: Spain 'loves British people' says Foreign Minister
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While Spain may still be on the UK’s “amber” list for travel, the holiday hotspot has announced it will be allowing Britons to enter the country for “non-essential” travel from Monday, May 24, 2021. In a further update, the Spanish Tourist Office in London has revealed the UK has been included in the list of exempted countries from which a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test is required from passengers before entering Spain.
This means travellers will not need to take a PCR test in order to enter Spain.
However, the rule will only apply to travellers from the UK who have remained in the UK for the previous 14 days.
Travellers entering from “risk” countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival.
Other countries on the exempted list include Australia, China, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
While the UK is currently exempted, the list of “risk” countries and “exempted” countries will be reviewed every 15 days.
Furthermore, Britons must still fill out a Health Control Form before travelling to Spain.
According to the Government of Spain website: “All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must undergo a health control before entering the country.
“Those controls may include a temperature control, a documentary control and a visual control of the passenger’s condition.”
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Following the announcement, Antonio Mayor, President of the Benidorm, Costa Blanca and Valencia Region Hotel Association Hosbec, said: “This is great.
“Everything that means opening borders and trying to normalise mobility is good news.
“We are delighted with the announcement.
“The important thing now is that the UK puts us on green light status.
“We expect many British tourists will now come to Spain but green light status would encourage even more.”
However, at the time of writing the UK Government maintains that Spain is categorised as “amber”.
This means travellers hoping to visit Spain will be required to take three separate Covid tests; one before departure and two upon return.
What’s more, they will also be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days with the option to reduce this time to five days by undertaking a Covid test on day five of their isolation.
While it is not technically illegal to travel to “amber” countries for holidays, the Prime Minister has urged Britons not to do so.
Speaking previously, PM Boris Johnson said: “I think it’s very important for people to grasp what an amber list country is: it is not somewhere where you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.
“And if people do go to an amber list country, they absolutely have to for some pressing family or urgent business reason, then please bear in mind that you will have to self-isolate, you’ll have to take tests and do your passenger locator form and all the rest of it.”
However, travel industry bosses have hit out at the Government for “confusing” rules when it comes to the “traffic light system”.
easyJet’s Johan Lundgren said: “We have a huge amount of people that are contacting us to say: ‘Look, can I go? Can’t I go?’
“So it’s been very confusing, and the Government is almost dismantling the system that it set up themselves.”
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