As the European Union considers stricter restrictions on arrivals from the UK due to the spread of the COVID Delta variant, Spain, Portugal and Malta have decided to tighten their travel rules for Britons who plan to visit these countries this summer.
As such, all people not fully vaccinated against the virus traveling from the UK to Portugal will be required to follow a 14-day quarantine requirement. The new quarantine measures only apply to those traveling to mainland Portugal, not including Madeira.
And the Portuguese authorities revealed that the quarantine can take place at home or in another place determined by the health authorities.
The new rules for UK holidaymakers traveling to Portugal will be in effect until July 11, Schengen Visa Info reports.
Similarly, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated that stricter restrictions will be applied to Britons arriving in the Balearic Islands. All UK citizens hoping to visit Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Fuerteventura are required to provide proof of complete vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
“What we will do is to apply to British tourists who go to the Balearic Islands the same requirements that we place on other European citizens,” Sanchez said.
UK travelers should note that Portugal and Spain are currently listed as amber in the UK, which means that all people returning to the UK must undergo a double test and stay isolated for ten days.
As for Malta, the latter’s authorities have confirmed that only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter the country. Children under 12 years of age are allowed entry without restriction as long as they are traveling with their parents or guardians who have already been vaccinated.
However, the Maltese government said children aged 5-11 still need to submit a negative result for a coronavirus test taken within 72 years before arrival.
With the delta variant continuing to spread rapidly, Germany has issued a call to EU member states to ban arrivals from the UK from entering the bloc regardless of travelers’ vaccination status.
“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – this is not the case in every European country, and this is what I would like to see,” the chancellor said.
In contrast, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said it is not necessary to impose restrictions on non-EU countries where the delta variant is widespread, but instead have a more accelerated vaccine launch plan.
As of June 29, the UK has identified 4,732,439 cases of COVID-19 and 128,100 deaths.