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Spain holiday cheer for Brits with remaining entry restrictions expected to be axed

By Brett Gibbons

UK holidaymakers who have not been fully-vaccinated should find it easier to enter Spain and its islands from next week with the country's government expected to ease remaining Covid restrictions. Currently, travellers arriving from the UK must have proof of vaccination or a recovery certificate.

However these rules are likely to change from May 15, although the move has yet to be confirmed. Hopes of changes have been dashed several times before but Spanish health officials are expected to follow other EU nations and lift its strict rules in place until midnight on Sunday.

A statement from the Ministry of the Interior said: “This order will take effect from 12:00 pm on July 22, 2020, until 12:00 pm on May 15, 2022, without prejudice to its eventual modification to respond to a change in circumstances or new recommendations in the European Union.”

Current rules state that people over the age of 18 who have not received a Covid vaccine can enter Spain if they present evidence of recovery from the virus within six months prior to travel. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arriving in the country, while under-12s are exempt from all travel restrictions.

Spain recently lifted domestic Covid rules which forced citizens to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public areas. However, a mask is still mandatory in places like healthcare facilities, pharmacies, public transport, and places, among others.

But restrictions can change quickly so always check the Foreign Office's latest Spain travel advice before booking or going on a trip. Travel trade body ABTA named Spain the most popular destination for tourists in 2022 - with some 29.3 per cent of people surveyed saying they planned to visit the country this year.

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