Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the country would be “delighted, extremely delighted” to receive British tourists again this summer.
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This is part of a larger initiative to allow people from other non-EU countries who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter the country from June 7, including US citizens.
Sanchez said easing restrictions should help Spanish summer tourism reach 30-40% of 2019 levels.
Tourism in Spain relies heavily on British tourists, and although airlines and other travel agencies can welcome the move, the country still remains on the UK’s Orange List.
Travelers returning from Spain will still need to take a test before boarding a return flight, then quarantine themselves at home for 10 days, passing two more tests they must purchase themselves.
The Foreign Ministry continues to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, with the exception of the Canary Islands.
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Last week, EU ambassadors agreed to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU from the UK. Portugal and Greece have already started welcoming British tourists, but this EU-wide initiative increases the chances of a summer revival for the travel industry.
But some EU countries are reluctant to open borders to British visitors after an increase in cases linked to the Indian variant. Germany recently announced that anyone arriving from the UK should be quarantined for two weeks amid fears of the variant.