Spain is one of the world’s most popular travel destination with sunny weather, thrilling cities and amazing food. However, measures to close Spain’s land borders was introduced in mid-march in a bid to further stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country, bringing the nation’s tourism to a halt.
Spain has been one of the worst countries hit by the coronavirus.
Now, the European nation is slowly emerging from one of the continent’s toughest lockdowns, with foreign tourism has become part of the equation.
Spain has also announced its national football league, La Liga, will resume on June 8.
But can you travel to Spain? Express.co.uk takes you through the latest travel advice.
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When can you travel to Spain?
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has declared Spain will soon be expecting tourists to return.
Mr Sanchez said on Saturday: “As of July, Spain will be expecting you.
“The moment has arrived …Foreign visitors can now start planning their holidays to Spain.”
The news comes not long after the threat of a two week quarantine on arrival.
Instead, the country is welcoming tourists back with open arms in hopes for economic salvation.
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Tourism accounts for approximately 12 percent of the country’s GDP.
Through the two month lockdown about one million tourism and hospitality sector workers have been temporarily laid off.
However, in the UK, the Foreign Office (FCO) is still advising British nationals against all but essential international travel.
The advice reads: “As countries respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
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“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.
“Many airlines have suspended flights and many airports are closed, preventing flights from leaving.”
If you live in the UK and are currently travelling in Spain you are advised to make travel plans to return to the UK as soon as possible.
As of June 8, anyone returning to the UK from abroad will also have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
The measures were announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week.
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Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.
“We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.
“I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.”
Anyone failing to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action and a breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine.
Are there flights to Spain from the UK?
Airports across Spain remain open, but airlines are operating heavily reduced services.
The FCO advises checking the airline websites British Airways and Iberia to find flights.
However, remember flights are subject to cancellation at short notice.
Read more about available flights to Spain on FCO.