Travelers from the UK wishing to enter Spain will be required to submit a negative coronavirus test result or prove that they have been fully vaccinated in order to enter the southwestern European country.
The decision was made by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially the highly contagious delta variant, and will come into effect on July 2, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although the Spanish government only mentioned PCR tests, according to the Official Gazette of the State (BOE) published on Tuesday, “diagnostic certificates recognized by the Ministry of Health will also be considered valid,” meaning that antigen tests are only 48 hours old. Allow.
The cumulative infection rate in the UK has been progressing negatively over the past few weeks. It’s much higher than 150 cases [per 100,000 inhabitants] In this regard, the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, indicated that within 14 days, which is why we have to take additional precautions regarding the arrival of British tourists to our country.
The UK recently included the Balearic Islands in its green list after the latter’s coronavirus case was assessed, which means travelers will be allowed to travel to Spain without following quarantine rules when returning to the UK.
However, the new rules will particularly affect travelers interested in spending some holidays in the Balearic Islands, and authorities hope to welcome many British visitors due to the relaxed restrictions.
Besides the Balearic Islands, the rest of the Spanish territory will remain on the UK’s amber list, which means travelers will be required to follow quarantine rules when they return to the UK.
After the UK government included the Balearic Islands in its green list, online searches for the Spanish archipelago increased by 4,750 per cent.
In addition, there was also a price increase in Ibiza and Mallorca, marking the highest hotel rates in years.
The UK government has moved other destinations such as Malta, Madeira and some other Caribbean islands from Amber to the Green List; So, Madeira holidays saw an increase of 1,550 percent.
In addition, searches for holidays in Menorca alone increased by 1,300% while flights to Ibiza increased by 900%.
According to Laura Jenkins, a spokeswoman for offeroftheday.co.uk, a private marketing and advertising company, “People have been waiting for vacation for nearly 18 months now, so it is no surprise that people jump at the opportunity to spend their summer vacation in this year “.
Besides Spain, earlier today, authorities in Portugal and Malta also tightened travel rules for unvaccinated Britons who wish to visit both countries.