The Foreign Office has issued a major travel advice update for Brits hoping to enjoy a holiday in Spain.
It comes as Spain’s state of emergency is set to be lifted on June 21, allowing some countries to visit again.
Ahead of this, the FCO has changed its advice on entry requirements to Spain.
The advice now states: “The State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on 14 March, will end on June 21. From this date, Spain will re-open its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK.
“This means that British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain.
“The Spanish Government has said that it is possible that UK travellers will still need to quarantine on arrival in Spain, but that decision has not yet been taken.
“Restrictions on travellers from outside the European Union and the Schengen free-travel area will be lifted from July 1 providing the countries they depart from have agreements with Spain.”
The change to the official advice follows 24 hours of confusion earlier this week on whether Brits would be allowed entry.
It was initially thought that only members of the Schengen zone would be allowed entry to Spain.
The Foreign Ministry later clarified that EU member states are also included, and that the UK is still part of this group during the transition phase.
But the UK’s Government’s decision to introduce quarantine measures for most travellers has proven controversial.
Officials warned that they may introduce similar measures in Spain just for Brits in retalitation.
In a BBC interview, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said: “We will be checking what the UK will be doing and we will be in a dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures than the rest of the European Union.”
She dubbed the situation “fluid” and said officials would “properly engage in a dialogue with the UK authorities to make sure that we both take the message that best corresponds to the health situation, which today is a little bit better in Spain than it is in the UK”.
“Hopefully by the time we open our borders, the UK would have moved forward also,” she added.