Spain has said that non-essential travel from the UK and Japan will be allowed from Monday, as the European Union is expected to decide whether to add the countries to the “safe list”.
In a press release (pdf) published on Friday, the Spanish Interior Ministry said the two countries would be added to the list of destinations not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU.
The Home Office said some EU member states had already given the privilege to Japan and the UK and that British tourists were playing a key role in the Spanish economy.
The rule change also noted that the EU is discussing whether to lift restrictions on travel to the UK and Japan bloc, and that the change is likely to be approved.
According to the Spanish newspaper, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said at the Fitur Tourism Fair in Madrid: “Spain will be delighted to receive British tourists in our country again”. El País.
However, many British tourists will not yet be able to book holidays to Spain, as the country is still on the ‘amber list’ of the British government.
Spain’s neighboring country, Portugal, is currently the only destination in the EU that is on the UK’s ‘green list’, allowing British tourists into the country.
The British cabinet ministers have called on the public to be ‘patient’ and not go to amber-list countries for holidays, as the government follows a ‘common sense’ approach instead of legal restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should not travel to amberlands except for ‘an extreme circumstance, such as the serious illness of a family member’, or an ‘urgent business reason’.
There is no law forbidding people to holiday in Spain, but the holidaymaker will have to pay for three days at home for three CCP virus tests and isolate themselves on return or a fine of up to £ 10,000 ($ 14,200).
As the UK only resumed non-essential international travel on Monday a handful of countries and territories was placed on the “green list” of the traffic light system.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday that the government would review its lists every three weeks, and the next review in the first week of June.
In 2019, Britain sent 18 million people to Spain, the most of any country. Tourism is a pillar of the Spanish economy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.