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COVID: Spain relaxes British entry rules for summer holidays | Travel News

Non-vaccinated Britons planning summer holidays in Spain will be able to enter the country more easily as the government relaxes COVID restrictions.

The health requirements for people visiting from the UK and across the EU will now be aligned with those within the Schengen area.

Visitors should show them both COVID vaccination certificates, a negative PCR test, or a certificate in which they have been recovered from the coronavirus in the last 180 days.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from having certificates.

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said: “This is excellent news, highly anticipated by the tourism sector, which facilitates the arrival of tourists from outside the EU with a view to ensuring safe travel in high season.”

It follows the Spanish Tourist Office in London his decision to open up the country quickly reversed to unvaccinated British travelers back in April.

The board had announced that Spain would welcome all UK holidaymakers with immediate effect, with those not vaccinated against COVID allowed to enter with a negative test prior.

But the decision was reversed in a matter of hours – with the deputy director of the board saying the announcement was a “miscommunication” caused by a “misinterpretation of the rules” posted in a Spanish health department bulletin.

Spain remains the most popular destination for UK travelers, with the nation welcoming 18.1 million visitors from the UK in 2019 – an average of 50,000 arrivals per day.

Tourist figures plummeted during the COVID pandemic, with Spain imposing further heavy entry requirements at the beginning of this year, and insisting that all arrivals aged 12 or over be fully vaccinated.

COVID: Spain relaxes British entry rules for summer holidays | Travel News

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