Your dreams of a sunny holiday to Spain may come true as early as this month, if UK lockdown restrictions allow it to be put on the travel “green list”. Spain’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto spoke on Wednesday (May 12), outlining the launch of an €8m campaign to restart tourism in the country. She urged tourists to come and “enjoy a perfect holiday after the worst year of our lives”, and they even aim to welcome back British tourists with no negative test upon arrival from May 20.
Earlier this year, the Prime Minister of Spain announced that the country will only start welcoming international travellers again once 70% of its citizens have been vaccinated, making holiday plans seem rather distant for Brits. However, based on Britain’s reduced numbers in cases, the option of no test on arrival is now being considered.
Currently, entry to Spain and its islands requires all travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival. Even so, Spain still has travel restrictions in place for passengers arriving from the UK by air and sea. Plus, UK nationals are prohibited from travelling to Spain for non-essential reasons due to it not being on the green travel list.
“The recommendations will be reviewed in the [EU] foreign affairs council on 20 May, and that will allow us to provide certainty to markets outside the European Union when it comes to the restarting of travel – especially travel from the UK, which is our largest market,” said Maria Reyes Maroto.