Brits Can Travel To Spain Without Quarantine On Arrival From Today
From Sunday 21st June, Brits can enter Spain and won't be made to isolate for a two-week period, giving greater flexibility to holidaymakers.
However, under the current rules, visitors will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Spain's foreign minister, explained that the change had been made "out of respect" for the 400,000 Britons with second homes in Spain.
Speaking to the BBC, the foreign minister said: "We will allow British visitors to enter Spain just like the rest of the European Union or Schengen area from 21 June freely and without the need for the quarantine."
"We want to make sure that we welcome visitors, but we want to do this in safety and security for them, as well as for the Spaniards."
Ms Gonzalez Laya went on to say that she hoped British tourism officials would make similar allowances for Spaniards.
"We do hope that [the British authorities] will be sensitive to the 250,000 Spaniards that are also living in the UK and would very much like to enter the UK without quarantine," she said.
"We also respect that countries look at entry or exit restrictions on the basis of their own data," she added.
Brits - along with other European visitors - travelling to Spain will undergo a "triple check", providing their country of origin, undergoing a temperature check and providing contact details for tracing.
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The news comes as Spain ends its coronavirus state of emergency and reopens its borders to EU and Schengen area countries.
With the UK government still advising against non-essential travel, it's not time for Brits to jet off on holiday just yet.
However, according to the BBC, it's understood that the UK's quarantine measures are up for review on 29th June.
A spokesperson for the British government explained that regulations surrounding "travel corridors" were still "under consideration".
"International travel corridors remain an option under consideration by the UK government, not established policy," they said.
"Conversations take place regularly with governments around the world on a whole range of issues and we will not be providing any further details at this stage."
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