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Frigiliana, a village in Andalucia, Spain
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Spain has officially reopened – but you may have to wear a mask at the beach

The country has lifted its quarantine for EU and UK travellers, plus residents of 12 other countries around the world


Joining the wave of European countries reopening their borders in time for the height of summer, Spain has become the latest Mediterranean destination to let holidaymakers jet in without a quarantine period. On June 22, the country reopened its borders to members of the the EU’s Schengen zone and the UK. It also opened its land border to allow travel to and from France.

Spain, which enforced a strict lockdown in March, brought its initial reopening date forward from July following advice from the EU Commission. As of July 1, travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are also allowed in, while the land border with Portugal has reopened too.

Visitors will face no mandatory quarantine, but will have to go through three ‘health checkpoints’: an information form, a temperature check and a visual inspection. There will also be follow-ups on travellers to make sure they haven’t developed symptoms while in Spain.

And once you’re there, the holiday experience may well feel a little different. Some regions, including à Marina in Galicia, have made it compulsory to wear masks on beaches following a surge of cases. Beach-goers can only remove them to swim in the sea.

Masks are also compulsory in public places in Barcelona, the Costa Brava and other parts of Catalonia, although you are allowed to remove them while sunbathing.

In a bid to prevent a major second wave, the country is also introducing local lockdowns. So far, parts of Catalonia and Galicia have been shut down to curb rising transmission rates.

Despite concerns that British visitors would be excluded from the country’s reopening, the Spanish government confirmed shortly before borders reopened that UK visitors would be allowed in alongside EU citizens on June 22. So if you’re one of the 18 million British travellers who’d visit Spain in a normal year, it looks like you could actually be headed on that long-awaited beach break this summer after all.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

When will we all be able to travel again? Here’s what we know so far. 

Where can you go on holiday right now? These are all the countries that have already reopened their borders.

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