Spain has woken up this morning to utter chaos and anger amongst the UK government’s decision to make a total ban against travel to SPAIN as they advised against all non-essential travel, notwithstanding the safe and extremely low rates of the coronavirus infections in the Balearic Islands, Canaries and regions such as Alicante and the Costa Blanca on the mainland.
Spain is expected to be included in the safe travel corridors that will remove the current 14 Day Blanket restriction on non-essential overseas travel.
Fantastic news for the travel industry as certain countries that include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway. Holidaymakers will be allowed to travel without having to spend 14 days in quarantine when they return. Portugal and Sweden are not expected to be included in the list of travel corridors due to be published by the UK government during the next week.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Sunday that the country will reopen its borders with all European Union and Schengen-area countries on June 21. The exception will be Portugal, which will have to wait until July 1 on the request of the Portuguese government.
The United Kingdom is still considered an EU member state given that it is in a transition period and enjoys full membership rights. This means that UK travelers will also be able to enter Spain from June 21.
For the regions that qualify to join phase 3 from Monday June 8 will see that discotheques can resume activity, but the rules are without dancing, and also the bullrings will open with restrictions on their capacity of a third.
In Phase 3, in addition, the reopening of casinos , gambling venues, bingos, raffles and tombolas is allowed , but only with half their capacity and complying with all hygiene and social distance measures. Likewise, bars and restaurants may allow consumption within their premises, but only to 50% of their maximum authorized clientele.
To these new measures must be added the possibility of occupying all seats on buses and trains, as well as the possibility of occupying both seats on motorcycles , but both the driver and the passenger must be provided with gloves.
The Spanish government has clarified that Spain will not open to international visitors until July 1, reversing Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto’s announcement on Thursday that restrictions to border crossings with Portugal and France would be lifted from June 22.
After more than two months of lockdown measures and when the coronavirus was at its peak, you would have thought that it would be then that face masks were compulsory to be worn in public. Only now after months of research, the Spanish government have made new rules making the use of protective face masks obligatory in public spaces.
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