The Spanish Government has officially confirmed that the country’s 14-day quarantine rule for international holidaymakers arriving into the country will cease on July 1. The welcome news arrived just as Britons enjoyed the sun on bank holiday Monday. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya confirmed the news on her Twitter profile just an hour ago.
She wrote the tweet in English, French and in her native Spanish.
She said on Twitter: “The worst is behind us.
“In July we will gradually open Spain to international tourists, lift the quarantine, ensure the highest standards of health safety.
“We look forward 2 welcoming you!”
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Spain holidays: Nation confirms that quarantine rules for tourists will be lifted from July 1
Spain holidays: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya confirmed the news
The English translation of her message does not give an exact date.
However, the Spanish tweet, “Desde July” means “from July” which many are taking means from July 1.
It comes as Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez said last week that the country will be back open to international tourists from July.
He told people to “start planning their holidays” as national tourism would begin, followed by international holidays in July.
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He added: “There will be a tourist season this summer.
“Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security at origin and security at destination.
“From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.”
Despite the positive announcement, Mr Sanchez did not confirm last week whether the quarantine rules would be lifted by then.
The worst is behind us. In JULY we will
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➡️ lift the quarantine
➡️ ensure the highest standards of health safety
We look forward 2 welcoming you! ������������������#safety #security #sustainability @MAECgob @mincoturgob @desdelamoncloa
— Arancha González (@AranchaGlezLaya) May 25, 2020
Spain holidays: “From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country”
Britons were originally looking at having to take five weeks off work just for a one-week holiday in Spain due to the quarantine rules in Spain and in the UK.
The Spanish government’s marketing arm Turespana is still advising caution, saying it does not believe Britons will come flooding back straight away because of continued fears about catching coronavirus.
They also think British holidaymakers may be nervous as there is always the risk of booking a flight or a holiday which might then be cancelled again if the situation changes.
British holidaymakers are now looking to the UK government to know if they will still have to quarantine themselves on their return home from abroad in July.
The current UK quarantine rules, which were confirmed by Home Secretary Priti Patel last week, state that anyone arriving from abroad into the UK will be subject to 14 days in quarantine.
International travel post-lockdown
That includes Britons arriving back from repatriation flights and those coming back from a holiday abroad.
The rules will be put in place from June 8, with anyone caught breaking them potentially being hit with a £1,000 fine.
Spain was the coronavirus epicentre of Europe with 28,752 recorded coronavirus deaths and 235,772 cases.
However, the UK’s death rate is now higher.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot