Travelers from the UK wishing to enter Spain will be required to show a negative result on the coronavirus test or prove that they have been fully vaccinated to enter the country in southwestern Europe.
The decision was made by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially the highly contagious delta variant, and will take effect on July 2, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Even though the Spanish government only mentioned PCR tests, according to the Official State Gazette (BOE) published on Tuesday, “Diagnostic certificates recognized by the Ministry of Health will also be considered valid”, which means that antigen tests not older than 48 hours will also be allowed.
“The cumulative incidence rate in the UK has progressed negatively in recent weeks. It’s well over 150 cases [per 100,000 inhabitants] in 14 days, and that is why we have to take an extra precaution regarding the arrival of British tourists in our country ”, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stressed in this regard.
Recently, the UK included the Balearic Islands in its green list after assessing the coronavirus situation there, meaning travelers would be allowed to travel to Spain without following quarantine rules when returning to the United States. UK.
However, the new rules will particularly affect travelers interested in vacationing in the Balearic Islands, whose authorities hope to welcome many British visitors due to the relaxed restrictions.
Besides the Balearic Islands, the rest of Spain will remain on the UK’s orange list, which means travelers will be required to follow quarantine rules when they return to the UK.
After the British government included the Balearic Islands in its green list, online searches for the Spanish archipelago increased by 4,750%.
In addition, there has also been a price increase in Ibiza and Mallorca, marking the highest hotel rates in years.
The UK government has moved other destinations such as Malta, Madeira and some other Caribbean islands from the Amber List to the Green List; as a result, the Madeira holidays marked an increase of 1,550 percent.
In addition, searches for holidays in Menorca alone have increased by 1,300%, while flights to Ibiza have increased by 900%.
According to Laura Jenkins, spokesperson for offeroftheday.co.uk, which is a private company active in the marketing and advertising industry, “People have been waiting to go on vacation for almost 18 months now, so it’s no surprise that people are jumping at the chance to spend their summer vacation this year.”
Besides Spain, earlier today, authorities in Portugal and Malta also tightened their travel rules for unvaccinated Britons wishing to visit the two countries.