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Rita Sobot & Milo Boyd

Spain updates Covid vaccination and mask rules amid new virus strains and rising cases

Tourism bosses in Spanish holiday hotspots have updated their Covid advice and reintroduced one rule due to the risk of new strains and rising cases.

Health experts in the Costa del Sol, Málaga, and Seville are now asking everyone to consider wearing masks inside crowded places, although doing so is not compulsory.

At a meeting yesterday they urged everyone - locals and tourists alike - to make sure they are vigilant at all times in the face of new strains and rising cases in China, which recently opened its borders to the world.

The health chiefs decided to reimpose some regulations which had been lifted last year, but only in relation to nursing homes.

Tourists are advices but not required to wear face masks (Europa Press via Getty Images)

Despite concern about new cases and strains in the country rising, visitors do not need to prove their coronavirus vaccination status at the border.

Yesterday, Spain's national health minister, Carolina Darias, hinted that requirement to wear masks on public transport would be scrapped soon, without giving any specific date.

The president of Andalusia - where Costa del Sol, Málaga, and Seville are based - Juanma Moreno said he was not impressed by her remarks and that he would continue suggesting masks be worn in his region.

He said people in general and especially those from vulnerable groups should wear masks in those indoor places where there is a crowd of people without being able to maintain a safe distance.

For nursing homes, the regional government is turning back the clocks and reintroducing the booking system for visitors to make sure they are not showing any signs of Covid.

This won't affect holidaymakers who were fearing that other tougher measures might be introduced.

While the vaccine requirements have been scrapped for entry into Spain, there are some things worth considering before booking a holiday there.

President Juanma Moreno criticised the national health minister for her comments on mask wearing (Europa Press via Getty Images)

Brits heading to the country must make sure that their passport was both issued in the past 10 years at the time of entry, and it must be valid for at least three months on the date that you leave the country.

You will not need a visa as you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without one.

But make sure you get your passport stamped when you enter or exit the country, as this is used to keep track of how long you've been there for.

Spain no longer has any Covid entry restrictions unless you're travelling from China, in which case you will be thoroughly tested and your vaccination status checked upon arrival.

It's important to research the specific area you're visiting before travelling to Spain, as local laws vary significantly.

For example last year a ban on all smoking on Barcelona's beaches was brought into force.

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