Holidays in Spain: Tourists flock to Spanish coasts as locals cannot travel between regions | Travel News | Travel

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Spain is currently closed to the British, but that doesn’t mean vacationers from elsewhere can’t enjoy the destination. French and German tourists are enjoying holidays in Spain but friction has been caused due to local rules preventing Spanish residents from traveling. The frustration was sparked after the Spanish government decided to let the autonomous communities decide on the closure of regional borders.

In February, the Spanish capital Madrid welcomed nearly 35,000 tourists, according to the National Institute of Statistics.
Most were French and spent the night in Spain.

Madrid bars remain open until 11 p.m. despite the high number of cases in the region.

Parties had to be broken off as city police intervened in more than 3,700 tourist accommodation sites, such as Airbnb, which did not respect the restrictions.

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Víctor Rey, president of the association of neighbors of the neighborhood of Las Letras, denounced the behavior of tourists: “We have been resisting for eight weekends. For them it is paradise, for us it is a shame. ”
The problem arose because the Autonomous Communities do not have the power to decide on the closure of borders to other countries.

This differs from the central government which has restricted travel from the UK and non-EU countries.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez justified the decision not to act on the rest of the EU by declaring: “Spain follows the recommendations of the European Union, which recommends keeping the borders open for community travel.

“The important thing is to carry out checks to avoid imported infections and that is what we are doing. ”

However, the European Commission intervened on the issue by recommending “consistency” on internal and external displacement.

While the French prefer the mainland, the Germans flock to the Balearic Islands.

German tourist bookings have exploded after Spanish hot spots such as Palma de Mallorca and Benidorm were removed from the list of areas considered to be at risk on March 14.

As a result, airlines serving Germany have stepped up their flights to Spain.

TUI plans to offer more than 300 flights in the coming weeks and Ryanair has already added 200.

According to German news source DW, more than 40,000 Germans will spend the Easter holidays in the Spanish islands.

Under current rules, Britons will be allowed to travel to Spain from March 30 provided they can prove their travel is essential.

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