Holidays in Spain could be a possibility for Britons this year, but only if the country’s new coronavirus protocols are successful. To make sure the country’s new measures are a success, Spain is opening to Germans in mid-June to test the protocols. Around 6,000 German tourists are set to fly to the country this month.
If they are successful then Spain will open up its borders to foreign tourists from July which will hopefully include Britons.
The German tourists will be testing out the new rules on the Balearic Islands.
British tourists will only be allowed to visit once the UK’s infection rate has improved, which could be a possibility by July.
Balearic tourism minister Iago Negueruela said that 4,000 Germans will stay in Mallorca, 1,000 in Menorca and 1,000 will go to Ibiza and Formentera.
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Mr Negueruela explained that some of the plans are still being finalised.
However, he did say that the tourists will be expected to undergo a temperature test when they arrive and fill out a health questionnaire.
Like the UK, new arrivals will also be expected to provide the Spanish authorities with the address of where they will be staying.
Mr Negueruela said: “We care about their health, but we also care about where they will be located in case we need to contact them.”
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The UK is planning on implementing its own quarantine rules on Monday.
This means that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of £1,000.
Spain’s government has now also implemented the mandatory wearing of face masks until at least the autumn according to health chiefs.
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The rule will not only be in place for residents in Spain but also those visiting.
Britons currently can’t holiday in the country due to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice.
The FCO states that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is “essential”.
But once Britons are given the go-ahead, their next holiday to Spain could include a mandatory face mask.
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Anyone caught not wearing a face mask could be fined €100.
The rule will come into place as “the new normal” when the country lifts its current “state of emergency” on June 21.
The Spanish Government is expected to unveil a new set of regulations next Tuesday for both residents and tourists in a bid to protect people against the spread of coronavirus.