By Ron Howells • 24 May 2021 • 8:54
British Tourists Start To Arrive In Spain From Today Without A PCR Test – But Not Everyone Is Happy About It!
BRITISH tourists started to arrive in Spanish airports this morning, Monday, May 24, after the government of Pedro Sanchez gave the all-clear to UK citizens to enter without the need for quarantine. According to a report from the Daily Mail, thousands are arriving here with no travel insurance too.
However, a quick trawl through a few British expat Facebook groups revealed an interesting fact – not everyone is happy about the Brits returning with many worried about the Indian Covid variant gaining a foothold in the UK. With Covid incidence rates dropping to nearly 160 per 100,000 inhabitants in Spain there are serious worries that the otherwise welcome holidaymakers could push back declining Covid rates.
Speaking on Friday at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, Spanish President Pedro Sánchez confirmed that from Monday, travellers from the UK and Japan and the other countries already on the list “will be able to enter the country without health controls on arrival.” He added that, from June 7, “tourists from other countries with which there is not complete free movement, among them the United States, will be able to enter Spain provided they count on a certificate showing they have received their full [Covid-19] vaccinations.”
The president also conveyed these messages in English, so that, in his own words, they reached the international press. “I am pleased to inform you that the ministerial order will be officially published today exempting citizens from the UK and other countries such as New Zealand, South Korea or China from temporary restrictions for non-essential trips to Spain,” he said. “I can therefore announce that from next Monday, May 24, Spain will be delighted to receive British tourists again into our country.”
However, a tweet later released by the Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom did clarify that travellers will still have to complete a so-called “health form” before they travel.
The Euro Weekly News is running a campaign to help reunite Brits in Spain with their family and friends by capping the costs of PCR tests for travel. Please help us urge the government to cap costs at http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/16/ewn-champions-the-rights-of-brits-in-spain-to-see-loved-ones-again/
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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.
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