Spain to welcome tourists with no quarantine requirement from 1 July
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The Spanish government made the decision to lift the existing quarantine restrictions on Monday. Previously, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spain would welcome international visitors in July. However, it wasn’t clear if those visitors would be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.
Earlier in May, Spain announced that all international arrivals would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The move would, in effect, hurt the already-crippled tourism industry in the country, as travellers would be deterred by the 14-day restrictions.
Last week, the U.K. government unveiled its version of border restrictions for international arrivals. As of 8 June, all international arrivals to the U.K. — including citizens — will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the country.
The government said that it will review these restrictions every three weeks. Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Friday that there was the possibility of “air bridges”, or the exemption for arrivals from some low-risk countries, in future iterations of the policy.
It’s worth noting that the FCO still advises Brits against all non-essential international travel. There’s no indication as to when the FCO may revise that guidance.
A number of European airlines have announced they plan to resume some flights. EasyJet, for example, said that as of 15 June, it’ll resume several domestic U.K. routes, as well as select international routes from the U.K. Additionally, it plans to resume some domestic services in other European countries.
With the lifting of quarantine restrictions in Spain as of 1 July, it’s possible that more airlines could resume service to the country.
According to the BBC, Spain usually attracts about 80 million tourists each year. The tourism industry represents more than 12% of the country’s GDP.
Spain was one of the hotspots of coronavirus cases in Europe, as the government implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures on the continent. However, the government has been gradually lifting those restrictions, with museums, churches and bars with terraces permitted to open last week.
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