Spain will continue to “welcome” newcomers. Holidays are’safe,’ according to tourism officials in the United Kingdom.
Despite the UK Government’s newest traffic light upgrade, tourism officials in Spain have stated that British tourists will continue to be welcomed. What regulations apply to tourists who wish to travel to Spain and its archipelagos?
The revelation that the UK government will remove the Balearic Islands from its green list has dealt further blow to Spain’s tourism industry. The popular holiday islands, which include Majorca, Ibiza, and Mallorca, will be added to the amber list alongside mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.
Unvaccinated Britons will face a 10-day obligatory quarantine upon their return home under the new restrictions, which take effect on July 19.
Despite the new restrictions, Spain’s tourism ministers are urging British tourists to go through with their travel plans.
British visitors will “remain welcome,” according to Javier Pianes, director of the Spanish Tourist Office in the United Kingdom.
“The Balearic Islands continue to be a safe tourism destination that rigorously adheres to safety protocols that have been established by the authorities,” Mr Pianes said in a statement following the UK Government news.
“Visitors from the United Kingdom are still welcome in the Balearic Islands and Spain.”
The tourist chief expressed considerable skepticism about the decision, citing minimal Covid instances in hospitals.
“We must respect the British government’s decision,” he said.
“However, according to Spain’s Ministry of Health, 3.85 percent of hospital beds in the Balearic Islands are COVID-related, based on data published on July 13th.
“The bulk of new cases are among younger age groups, notably 12 to 19 and 20 to 29 years old, and despite rising COVID rates, the Balearic Island archipelago’s hospitals are not overburdened.
“Similarly, no fatalities have been reported in the Balearic Islands as a result of COVID-19 in the last seven days, and there are strong safety and hygiene systems and precautions in place.”
Despite this, the Balearics were relegated to the amber list due to statistics.
Those returning from any region of Spain from July 19 will be subjected to two COVID-19 tests at their own expense, regardless of their vaccination status.
Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands, has its own set of entrance restrictions for visitors from the United Kingdom.
On July 2, 2021, the Spanish government made it mandatory for all new entrants to present either a positive COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19.