Spain opens borders to holidaymakers from the EU without quarantine
It’s excellent news for UK holidaymakers eager for a vacation below the Spanish solar: quarantine for British arrivals has been lifted.
The overseas affairs minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya mentioned this measure has been put into place no matter UK’s quarantine guidelines “out of respect” to the 400,000 Britons with second properties in the nation. The hope is that the UK will reciprocate.
We will permit British guests to enter Spain identical to the remainder of the European Union or Schengen space from June 21 freely and without the want for quarantine.
Last yr Spain welcomed 17.4 million British holidaymakers to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera).
Spain’s lockdown is all however over. Beaches have already opened whereas eating places and points of interest such Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba, the Alcazar in Seville and Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum have already opened their doorways – social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place.
Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising no journey except it’s important. Although it’s not unlawful to journey this does imply that getting journey insurance coverage is unlikely and vacation corporations usually are not allowed to function excursions. And if you happen to do jet off to Spain you’ll have to face a 14-day quarantine in your return.
Budget airways resembling Ryanair and easyJet have introduced plans to resume flights. Ryanair has already begun its lift-off to coincide with Spain’s lifting of restrictions however the Iriish service’s official date is July 1, when flights “key holiday airports” in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus can be operational.
easyJet plans to resume 50 per cent of its routes in July and has launched a summer season sale with flights from the UK to Spain for below £20, whereas British Airways goals to resume 50 per cent of its flights to Spain from July.
However, Tui journey firm intends to resume holidays from July 11 to eight European locations. is planning to function 44 flights per week carrying 8,000 passengers (4 per cent of its regular numbers) to Spain and Greece from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. The firm goals to improve its short-haul choices by 50 per cent by August.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui mentioned
Now is the proper time to relaunch. It is what we’d consider as small however actually essential as a result of clearly you can not restart a enterprise like ours with all the pieces happening day one.
Passengers can be required to put on masks on the flights and native legal guidelines embody social distancing.
However, small tour operators should look forward to the inexperienced mild from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier than they will resume operations.