Saturday, May 22, 2021

Spain to Abolish Entry Restrictions for UK Travellers

Travellers from the United Kingdom will be permitted to enjoy holidays in Spain after the latter’s authorities have confirmed that they will officially lift the imposed restrictions for UK’s citizens from Monday when a decree on the matter takes effect.

Spain’s government has emphasized that Britons will be permitted to enter its territory without being subject to restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union country. In addition, they will not need to show a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test upon their arrival, reports.

However, authorities in the United Kingdom continue to strongly advise their citizens not to travel for unnecessary reasons to Spain and most other European Union countries, due to an upsurge in the number of Coronavirus infections, especially the B.1.617.2 variant of the disease, which at present has attacked many countries.

The UK’s government clarified that Britons who decide to visit Spain from Monday would be obliged to follow the mandatory quarantine rules when they return to the UK.

At present, the EU is attempting to expand the “green list” that includes countries that recently have reported a low number of COVID-19 infections. According to the current maps published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the “green list” includes the following countries;

  • Australia,
  • Israel,
  • Rwanda,
  • New Zealand,
  • South Korea,
  • Singapore,
  • Thailand.

Besides opening the doors for travellers from the UK, Spain has also abolished restrictions for citizens of Japan in a bid to facilitate the travel process amid the ongoing pandemic.

In this regard, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stressed that, from June 7, “tourists from other countries with which there is not complete free movement, among them the United States, will be able to enter Spain provided they count on a certificate showing they have received their full [Covid-19] vaccinations.”

Earlier this month, Spain’s Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said that the country is planning to open up for the UK citizens in order to help the country’s tourism sector recover from the devastating situation provoked by COVID-19.

Currently, Spain is not included in the UK’s safe countries’ list that includes countries with low rates of COVID-19 infection; however, the Minister believes that Spain will get the green light status soon, and Britons will no longer be obliged to follow the ten-day compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to their country.

Spain is the tenth most affected country in the world by the Coronavirus, with over 3,631,661 infection cases and 79,601 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the figures published by Worldometers, more than 3,356,270 persons have fully recovered from the virus in Spain, while there are a total of  195,788 active cases.

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