However the Spanish government seems to have walked this back, inviting Brits to visit although they will need to register for contact tracing and undergo a temperature and origin check when they arrive.
It had previously been believed that when Spain’s borders reopen on June 21, UK citizens would have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival, mirroring the UK Government’s identical coronavirus policy.
The Spanish government had previously said Brits would have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival but it now appears to have changed its mind in good news for holidaymakers
“There will be a triple-check for their origin, temperature and we’ll ask everyone to register so we can trace them.”
Brit tourists will be allowed to enter Spain without having to quarantine from tomorrow.
Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez told the BBC: “We will allow British visitors just like the rest of the EU to come to Spain freely and without the need for quarantine.
“We want to make sure we welcome visitors but do so in safety and security for them as well as for Spaniards,” she said.
Gonzalez Laya said British travellers would be subject to the same “triple check” as other European visitors, which consists of checking their origin, taking their temperature and providing contact details in case they need to be traced.
Spain will end its state of emergency, called on March 14, on Sunday, and will open its borders to EU and Schengen area countries for a much-needed tourism boost.
Spain is still in discussions over whether the UK will similarly lift quarantine measures for Spaniards, she said, but was opening its borders “out of respect for the 400,000 British citizens who have second residences in Spain” and who are “dying to benefit” from them.
In 2019 almost 18 million UK tourists travelled to Spain – more than a fifth of the overall tourist total of 84 million.
British tourism makes up a significant portion of the Spanish economy at approximately 12%.
Brits returning home from their summer jaunt to Spain will still need to self-isolate for 14 days. It’s understood the UK Government will review its quarantine policy in general on June 29.
Britain, with more than 42,500 documented coronavirus-linked deaths, and Spain, with over 28,300, are among the countries hardest hit by Covid-19.