Families hoping for a winter getaway face increased restrictions as Spain, France and Portugal tighten their border rules.
New curbs are being introduced in response to the Omicron variant, with unvaccinated UK travelers aged 12 and over now banned from entering Spain.
From tomorrow, British arrivals in France will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test – even if they are fully bitten. And in Portugal, all vacationers must pass a PCR or lateral flow test before travel.
Switzerland requires UK arrivals to be quarantined for 10 days.
Families hoping for a winter getaway face additional restrictions as Spain, France and Portugal tighten border rules due to the new variant. Pictured: Fuengirola, southern Spain
Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, warned that the travel industry should not be used as a “punch bag” by governments.
“Whenever we see a toughening of measures, these are additional barriers that deter people from booking,” he said.
“Whether it’s quarantine or additional testing, these measures act as a barrier to people’s trust. “
He said restrictions had “only been put in place because of the uncertainty over the variant itself,” adding: “This is why we urgently need a thorough conclusion on this. variant “.
England have no requirement for pre-departure testing, but all newcomers must take a PCR test by day two and self-quarantine at home until they test negative.
A document released by government SAGE advisers this week said pre-departure testing would be “valuable”.
Unvaccinated UK travelers aged 12 and over now banned from entering Spain
But Downing Street said yesterday there was “no plan” to present them. The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “We think the second day testing is the right way.
“This is not a restriction that we plan to introduce based on what we currently know. “
Business Minister George Freeman said: “Omicron is working live every day, looking at the data. “
He added that governments are learning to find the “right balance” between health and the economy.