German tourists, having been invited to fly to Spain as part of a pilot project, joined locals and ex-pats in once again sunning themselves on Spanish beaches today – and it has been announced today that British tourists can join them from next Sunday, 21st June.
Spain has today said that they will scrap the travel restrictions on Britain and most of its European neighbours from Sunday 21 June, three months after their hotels were forced to shut their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has brought forward the resumption of the tourist season for British visitors by ten days to this Sunday, saying that ‘the recovery of tourist activity is key for this government’. Tourism accounts for one in eight jobs in Spain, which is the world’s second most visited country, contributing more than 12% of Spanish GDP. Spain also reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in months today (15.06.2020).
In response, EasyJet’s website is now offering cut-price deals on flights to Spain, whilst British Airways says it will restore half of its daily flights to Spain.
However, the UK Foreign Office is still advising against all ‘non-essential international travel’ – a warning which will invalidate most travel insurance policies if it is ignored – and returning holidaymakers will face two weeks quarantine.