Spain to ditch Covid tests for British holidaymakers but country still on amber list

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<p>People sunbathe on Playa de Palma beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain</p> (REUTERS)

People sunbathe on Playa de Palma beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Britons will no longer require a negative Covid-19 test result upon arriving in Spain following the UK’s success in reducing its infection rate.

The major U-turn, which officially begins on May 20, means any traveller from the UK heading to Spain will not have to pay for a pre-departure PCR test or present a vaccination certificate to prove their Covid status.

But the rule is dependent on the UK maintaining its coronavirus rate of infection below 50 cases per 100,000 people, the Telegraph reported.

If it is able to achieve this it means Spain will become one of very few countries willing to take in British holidaymakers without any restrictions, the paper added.

Most European countries are planning to require arriving holidaymakers to show either a negative Covid test result or a certificate to prove they have been fully vaccinated.

It won’t be smooth sailing for travellers, however, as the UK government has placed Spain on its ‘amber list,’ which means anyone returning from the country must quarantine for 10 days and take at least two PCR tests, on days two and eight of their self-isolation.

The government have given no indication as to when Spain might be added to the green list.

Figures from 2019 showed that more than 18 million Brits visited Spain - proving that it is a top destination for UK holidaymakers.

Spain’s tourism minister Reyes Maroto said Spain must bring down its own infection rate to encourage the British Government to lift restrictions on returning travellers.

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