Spain confirms Brits are banned when they reopen to tourists on June 22

Spain is opening its borders to tourists  from countries such as Germany, Italy and France ten days earlier than expected.

But British tourists are not amongst those lucky enough to be able to visit for a summer holiday yet.

Starting from 21 June, travellers from the European Union Schengen area will be permitted to visit without having to quarantine upon arrival.

The UK is not a Schengen country and so Brits will have to wait a little longer. 

Brits may be able to visit Spain from next month

Spain’s foreign affairs minister, Arancha Gonzalez, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Spain will open its borders with EU and Schengen area countries as from 21 June, with the end of the state of alarm and end of quarantine.

“With third countries as from 1 July depending on epidemiological situation and with safety measures.”

The Schengen area composes of 26 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Portugal is set to keep its borders closed until July 1st.

As of yet, Brits may still be able to visit from next month – depending on our rate of infection.

Several airlines are set to restart flights next month

But the Foreign Office continues to warn against all but non essential travel abroad.

Anyone who does faces a 14-day mandatory isolation period on their return after quarantine rules were introduced last week.

Airlines and travel firms are desperate to overturn the rules, with sources claiming travel to low-risk countries could soon be allowed.

The number of cases and fatalities in Spain continue to decline, with just 27 deaths in the last week.

And the northern region of Galicia is set be the first to exit the country’s coronavirus lockdown whilst 70% of the country is now in the final stage.

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Spain’s tourism industry,  which accounts for around 12% of Spain’s GDP and provides millions of jobs.


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