We all got really excited when it was announced last Friday that the 14-day quarantine for international travellers to Spain, introduced on May 15th, will be lifted on July 1st. But hang on a minute as that’s only one piece of this rather complicated puzzle.
First off, let’s not forget the reasons for not travelling to Spain from the UK currently are that the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential travel and Spain is only allowing residents and foreigners with residence status into the country.
So where do we stand? Both the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya have declared their enthusiasm for getting tourism going again, stating that the international market will open up from July 1st. And that is the key word here: ‘from’ rather than ‘on’. It is not at all certain that visitors from all around the world will be allowed to enter Spain on that date as it will depend on the situation in each country.
It’s looking good for Germany, which has been busy making arrangements with the Balearics and the Canaries – and might well have pilot trips in operation as soon as mid June to test things out. UK operators are working on this too but I would be surprised if holidays in any meaningful sense are really on the cards before mid July at the earliest. Then again, I might well be totally wrong.
If you do get to Spain, another problem at the moment is the issue of 14-day self-isolation when you get back to the UK, but I’ve got a feeling that by the time anyone actually manages to go on holiday this requirement will have been dropped – or at least an ‘air bridge’ between the UK and Spain will have been agreed, which would exempt returning tourists from having to self-isolate. So that’s one thing I don’t think we should be getting our knickers in a twist about at least.