That trip to the Mediterranean could actually be on this summer. Last year Spain was one of many European destinations to let holidaymakers jet in without a quarantine period. The country has since reopened its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen travel zone and a handful of other less-affected countries around the world.
Now the country has announced it will throw open its borders to all international visitors as early as June. Fernando Valdés, Spain’s tourism minister, said this week that the country would introduce a ‘digital health certificate’ scheme that would allow travellers from all over the world – including the UK and USA – to holiday there. All tourists would either have to prove that they have been vaccinated, have tested negative in the past 72 hours or have recently recovered from the virus.
Currently, visitors to Spain will face no mandatory quarantine, but will have to go through three ‘health checkpoints’: an information form, a temperature check and a visual inspection. As of November, all travellers from certain ‘high-risk areas’ must also provide a negative test result from within the past 72 hours. At present, this applies to most countries.
Once you’re there, the holiday experience may well feel a little different too. Masks are compulsory in outdoor public places all over the country, although you are allowed to remove them while swimming and sunbathing.
So if you do manage to make it on your long-awaited Spanish beach break any time soon, you’ll have to come prepared with masks, sanitiser and plenty of alternative night-out plans. And with the ever-present risk of lockdown rules being tightened even further, you should also be ready to up sticks and go home at very short notice.
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.