Spain will allow UK tourists to enter the country without having to undergo a quarantine period from today. Spain’s foreign affairs minister confirmed Britons can now enter freely.
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Arancha González Laya told the BBC she had made the decision “out of respect” for the 400,000 Britons with second homes in Spain.
The FCO has also updated its advice for Britons entering the country.
They write: “The State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on 14 March, ends on June 21.
“From this date, Spain’s borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply until 1 July), and travellers from the UK.
“Arrivals from the United Kingdom are not required to self-isolate on arrival but will be subject to a series of three health checks. From 21 June travel between regions is permitted.
“Face masks are obligatory in public spaces. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions must be observed at all times.”
They continued: “From June 21, Spain enters the ‘new normal’ phase, which concludes the progressive 4-phase de-escalation plan and sees the return of cross-regional mobility.
“Protective protocols and safety measures remain in place and you should observe the guidelines set out by the Spanish Government at all times.
“You should also refer to regional authorities for any additional local measures where you are as this may vary from one region to the next.
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“Key ‘new normal’ measures include:
social distancing of 1.5-metres
obligatory use of face masks in public spaces (see ‘Use of facemasks’)
track and trace – all shops, businesses and transport companies are obliged to keep passengers’ contact information (where provided) for up to four weeks for tracking and tracing purposes.”
However, Britons returning from Spain, or anywhere else in the world, are currently subject to a 14 day quarantine on arrival in the UK.
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Further laying out measures Spain is undertaking, Arancha González Laya said UK visitors will undergo a “triple check” on arrival in Spain, inlcuding being asked to register “so we know we have a contact point to trace them”.
She said: “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.
“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.
“We also respect that countries look at entry or exit restrictions on the basis of their own data.”
Which other European countries are open to UK visitors without restrictions now?
Italy opened up to tourists on June 3, with Sicily letting travellers in from June 7 and Sardinia from 15 June.
Entry restrictions and heightened checks on Germany’s border from the UK expired on June 15.
Belgium opened to travellers on Monday, June 15.
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