By Ron Howells • 05 May 2021 • 21:26
Gibraltar Confirms British Tourists Will NOT Need To Be Tested For Covid When Foreign Travel Restarts In May. image: Twitter
Gibraltar confirms British tourists will NOT need to be tested for Covid when foreign travel resumes on May 17.
Gibraltar has confirmed that UK tourists will not need to be tested for Covid-19 after May 17 which is when international travel is planned to resume.
Fabian Picardo, the ‘Rocks’ Chief Minister said the British Overseas Territory is ready to offer a ‘great British staycation in the Mediterranean’ after travel restrictions are eased in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Gibraltar, which is close to the south coast of Spain, became the first nation to fully vaccinate its entire adult population in March after achieving the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe.
Gibraltar is home to 33,000 people and has had 4,286 cases as well as 94 deaths. According to data from Gibraltar Government, the last positive resident case of the virus was detected on March 23 and that person had recovered by April 8. After that, there were no active resident cases on the Rock.
Mr. Picardo, speaking on Sky News today, May 5, said: ‘Gibraltar has an open frontier with Spain and the rest of the European Union, and we don’t require PCR testing for those who come across our land frontier. We therefore don’t think it would be appropriate for us to require PCR testing of those who are coming from the United Kingdom, which has a higher vaccinated population and a lower incidence of Covid than the rest of the European Union.
Source: The Daily Mail
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
Hugely sensible, yet the bumbling UK government is still requiring TWO covid tests from people travelling in the opposite direction, despite there being FAR less chance of infection. The chances of a fully vaccinated person from Gibraltar bringing covid to the UK must be a billion to one. Grant Schapps, please sort this out, it’s ridiculous! Vaccinated Gibraltarians should not have to pay for two covid tests as they are a complete waste of time and money and resources.
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