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But Benidorm Town Hall and mayor Toni Perez said British tourists would have to wait a minimum of nine more days before they can jet to the Spanish Costas.

The country will reopen to international tourism from July 1, and nearly 11,000 Germans have been given the right to jet to Majorca in a two-week pilot scheme starting tomorrow.

Holidays are beginning to open their borders as coronavirus restrictions are eased across the world, and Benidorm has put new rules in place for foreign tourists

But Benidorm Town Hall and mayor Toni Perez said British tourists would have to wait a minimum of nine more days

German holidaymakers were asked to take part in a pilot scheme because they had a lower coronavirus infection rate

Within that, there will be segregated areas for the over-70s.

British holidaymakers will not be allowed to travel to Benidorm until at least July 10, the resort’s mayor has said.

The town hall said in a statement: “Toni Perez has highlighted that the re-opening of the beaches and the introduction of this plan is occurring prior to the arrival of national tourism, which is scheduled to happen on June 22.

New rules will also be in place, in a plan called “Benidorm Beach Safety”.

Regional government bosses have insisted they are not against British holidaymakers but added that they invited other countries to join the pilot scheme was because their coronavirus infection rates are lower.

“It is also occurring before the arrival of international tourists, who depending on their country of origin will begin to arrive from July 1, although in the case of British holidaymakers will not happen until at least July 10.”

Reyes Maroto said: “As you know the UK is our main foreign holiday market and Spain is Britain’s favourite holiday destination.

Spain’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto said earlier this month the country was “itching” to welcome back UK holidaymakers.

“We are looking forward to welcoming British holidaymakers with the warmth and hospitality that characterises us.

“Both countries, Spain and the UK, are making a great effort to control the Covid-19 pandemic and the results are more and more positive.

“We’re speaking to the British authorities and also tour-operators there to learn more about the evolution of the pandemic and get more information on when the Foreign Office will lift the quarantine that could stop people from the UK travelling.”

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