Spain to end ban on unvaccinated UK tourists ‘within a matter of days’, says official

A Spanish authorities official has steered that Spain’s strict ban on unvaccinated travellers from non-EU international locations might finish in “a matter of days”.

The nation’s Madrid minister, Reyes Maroto, instructed Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Thursday that plans have been imminent for unvaccinated adults from third international locations just like the UK to have the ability to enter with a PCR take a look at end result.

Ms Maroto mentioned: “It will likely be a matter of days earlier than we’re going to eradicate a restriction that could possibly be discouraging vacationers from exterior the European Union from visiting us, and that’s that we’re going to cease requiring the vaccination certificates to permit them to enter with a unfavourable take a look at.”

At current, solely vaccinated travellers aged 18 and over could go to Spain, with proof of vaccination however no want to check or quarantine. Kids 11 and below are exempt from the rule, whereas kids 12-17 could present a PCR take a look at end result as a substitute of proof of vaccination.

Whereas no official authorities announcement has been revealed, Ms Maroto’s feedback can be welcomed by Britons who hope to journey to Spain this summer season.

In early April, Spain’s vacationer board mentioned the nation would speak in confidence to all UK travellers with rapid impact, including that unjabbed guests would be capable to enter with a unfavourable pre-departure take a look at.

However eight hours later they reversed the announcement: travellers have been instructed this was incorrect, and that the replace had resulted from an error of interpretation of an official state bulletin.

Spain’s ban on unvaccinated arrivals started on 1 December, amid fears across the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Since then, Spain has retained a few of the strictest entry guidelines in Europe.

Whereas some 15 locations have dropped all Covid-related restrictions in latest weeks, Spain and Italy each mentioned final week that they’d preserve their pointers, together with masks carrying on public transport, as soon as the EU ended its masks mandate for planes.

Spain is the preferred vacation spot for British travellers. In 2019, the nation welcomed 18.1 million guests from the UK – a median of fifty,000 arrivals per day.

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