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Britons Cancel Their Travel Arrangements to Spain Due to Vaccination Rules

Spanish accommodation facilities have received many cancellations from British subjects who planned to spend their half-term holidays there due to the country’s strict entry rules.

In order to enter Spain, Britons over the age of 12 are required to present a certificate of vaccination indicating that the initial course of vaccination was administered 14 to 270 days before traveling to the country, TheSchengen.com reports.

“Only children vaccinated with the full schedule can enter Spain. Keep in mind that children vaccinated with a single dose cannot travel to Spain with a NAAT/antigen test certificate. In all cases, you need a health monitoring form,” explains the Travel Safe to Spain website.

Furthermore, it is estimated that UK nationals are required to submit a pre-departure PCR test before entering over 80 holiday destinations around the world.

In addition, hoteliers on the Spanish islands have urged their government to ease restrictions as they have lost millions of pounds due to these strict rules.

The president of the Tenerife Hoteliers Association, Jorge Marichal, has pointed out how severe the profit losses caused by the restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus are and the government has been asked to change the rules so that more UK citizens visit the country that depends heavily on tourism.

The loss could reach nearly 400 million euros in the Canary Islands. This is only talking about hotels – if we take into account the economy of restaurants [too], have a huge impact. For us, the British market is the largest. We have over 2.5 million British citizens who come to Tenerife every year. For us, this part of the year is one of the most important. “All those profits will be lost,” Marechal said.

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Moreover, the UK tourism business has been relatively recovering with Hays Travel owner Ms Irene Hayes telling the BBC last week that January bookings had reached January 2020 levels, before severe restrictions were imposed due to COVID-19.

She also noted that Spain, Greece, Turkey and the United States were popular vacation destinations and that the average price was 571 euros higher than in 2019.

“They want to talk to a human,” she said. “They want to make sure they get the best advice before they book. They also need to know that someone will be there for them while they are on vacation,” Ms. Hayes said.

>> Brits can now travel to many EU countries under COVID-19 concessional entry rules

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