Spain tightens curbs on British arrivals amid variant concerns

Spain tightens curbs on British arrivals

“British citizens will require a certification of full vaccination or a negative PCR (72hrs) [test] to enter Spain,” said Arancha González Laya, foreign minister, on Twitter.

Spain lifted the requirement for British citizens to show a negative PCR test more than a month ago, saying the exemption would remain in place as long as the infection rate in Britain continued to decline.

Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s prime minister, said that the cumulative incidence rate of Covid-19 in the UK had been “progressing negatively” over the past few weeks. “That is why we have to take an additional precaution with respect to the arrival of British tourists in our country,” he told Cadena Ser radio.

The UK yesterday reported 22,868 new daily infections, the highest number since January.

Sánchez highlighted the application of the new restrictions to Mallorca, Ibiza and neighbouring islands, a region that, from tomorrow, will be added to the UK’s “green list” of countries from which returning passengers do not have to go into quarantine. The rest of Spain will remain on the UK’s “amber list”, which requires passengers to self-isolate on return to the UK.

Malta said people from the UK would not be permitted to travel there if they were not fully vaccinated, while Hong Kong said it would prohibit UK travelers from entering the Chinese territory.

Flights from the UK to Hong Kong are to be banned from tomorrow, while transiting travellers who have spent more than two hours in the country before boarding will be denied entry.

Under new Maltese rules from tomorrow, travel to the country from the UK will be restricted to individuals who have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days.

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