Spanish authorities have announced that Britons are obligated to submit a negative PCR test or a full vaccination to enter the Spanish border, with the decision coming into effect on July 1.
According to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the new rules come after the government expressed concerns about the delta variant of the coronavirus, TheSchengen.com reports.
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] Within 14 days, which is why we have to take extra precautions regarding the arrival of British tourists to our country,” Prime Minister Sanchez noted.
The new rules will particularly affect travelers to the Balearic Islands, which will be listed on the UK’s green list from June 30, while the rest of Spain will remain on the amber list.
“We will apply to British tourists traveling to the Balearic Islands the same restrictions that we place on the rest of Europe: they will need either a full vaccination or a negative PCR test,” Sanchez said.
According to the EU Travel Guidelines, travelers who provide vaccination, recovery certificate, PCR or antigen testing must be allowed to enter the EU country’s destination restrictions free of charge.
However, these rules do not apply to British tourists coming to Spain, who currently have two options: to submit a full vaccination certificate proving that the holder has received one of the vaccines approved by the European Medical Agency (Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen or AstraZeneca) 14 days before Less than leaving or submitting a negative PCR test taken 72 days prior to arrival.
From 30 June, UK nationals will be released from the ten-day quarantine requirement upon their return, although they will still need to be tested for COVID-19 on or before the second day (and quarantine if the result is positive). Testing is also required before departure.
The islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, or the Balearic Islands, are popular destinations for the British, who make up a third of the region’s tourism GDP. However, tourism in this region has been hit hard due to travel restrictions imposed in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the delta.
About 40 per cent of Majorca hotels and other accommodation providers have been forced to stay closed due to UK nationals being barred from the island after strains of the delta virus were increasing rapidly on British soil.
Mallorca is the most-visited Spanish destination for British travelers, with 26 percent of the region’s total tourism traffic generated by Brits, particularly during the summer season. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, about 2.3 million Britons visited Mallorca each year.