Brits can book Spain holidays from July with 14 day quarantine 'likely to be suspended'

Spain's tourism minister has said that foreign tourists can book vacations in Spain from July. Reyes Maroto told local radio station Onda Cero that the country's two-week self-quarantine for overseas travellers is likely to be suspended by then. She said: "It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July."

At the moment the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel. So, at the moment Brits still can't travel abroad.

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Coronavirus briefing newsletter - the must-read email with your essential need to know One of the worst-hit nations in the world from the coronavirus, tourism-dependent Spain is gradually easing a strict lockdown though it has kept a quarantine for visitors so as to prevent a second wave of infections.

Ms Maroto's comments come off the back of Spain's Prime Minister telling the world that his country would be open for a tourist season this summer with borders reopening. Pedro Sanchez told hospitality professionals to prepare to open up in time for the height of the summer. "There will be a tourist season this summer," he said.

He went on to say that bars, restaurants and beach and inland hotels should "prepare to resume business in a few days". In a message directed to foreign tourists, Mr Sanchez said: "From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country. "We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks.

"There will be no opposing forces between health and business. " Meanwhile Benidorm mayor Toni Perez has added his voice to the chorus of concern over the British government's quarantine rules. The mayor welcomed Mr Sanchez's comments, but admitted the UK quarantine was a concern.

Under plans announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday, anyone reaching the UK from June 8 will have to self-isolate for 14 days or risk POUNDS 1,000 fines. The new rules will apply to returning holidaymakers.

Brits can book Spain holidays from July with 14 day quarantine 'likely to be suspended'At the moment the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel

Ms Patel described the measures as "temporary" but said they would be reviewed every three weeks, meaning any extension beyond the initial three-week period would make it impractical for most Britons to take a foreign break. Spain is the top destination for British tourists, with around 18 million people from the UK visiting the country normally every year.

Benidorm - made even more famous by the hit ITV comedy series of the same name - has an area known as Little England. British visitors to the resort outnumber every other nationality apart from the Spanish. Four out of every ten of its holidaymakers come from the UK.

Mr Perez said: "Benidorm has been working for weeks now to make sure it is a safe resort this summer. "It's not just important that Benidorm and Spain are safe destinations but also that the countries tourists come from are safe as well. "We're keeping on a close eye on the evolution of the health situation in the neighbouring countries of France and Portugal.

"But we're also keeping a close eye on our most important market which is the UK and which is the country that is therefore of most concern to us. "The quarantine the British government has announced, which will be revised after three weeks and includes high fines for people who flout the rules, is causing a lot of uncertainty. "No-one knows how long it could last and that is having an effect on last-minute holiday reservations and cancellations and that is something that is worrying us."

Many Spanish town halls have already indicated social distancing through limits on the number of tourists who can enjoy their beaches, will be top of their list of priorities. The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to control numbers. Authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said they intend to put different age groups in different areas of their beaches.

Travellers entering Spain are currently being forced to quarantine for 14 days but the order will be lifted when the country ends its current state of emergency at the end of June at the latest unless there is a dramatic change in the health situation. Additional measures like temperature checks at airports for foreign tourists who jet to Spain in July are also being studied. Juan Marin, vice-president of the Junta de Andalucia which is the regional government responsible for areas like the Brit-popular Costa del Sol, insisted rapid Covid-19 tests on foreign tourists could be the way forward for the recovery of the International holiday market.

He told a Spanish radio station the country had to compete on a level playing field with competitor nations like Portugal and Italy, warning: "If we miss out this summer, we'll be facing a frozen winter."

Teresa Ribera, one of the Spanish government's vice-presidents, has said "safe corridors" will "probably" be applied along the same lines as peoples' movements between regions as part of a national tourism scheme.

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