UK tourists will be able to visit Spain without having to quarantine on arrival from Sunday, Spanish officials say.
Spain’s foreign affairs minister has told the BBC that British citizens will be allowed to enter the country freely, without the need to self-isolate.
She said the decision had been made “out of respect” for the 400,000 Britons who have second homes in Spain.
But current rules state that anyone returning to – or entering – the UK still has to self-isolate for 14 days.
It is understood the UK’s quarantine restrictions will be reviewed on 29 June.
The UK Foreign Office is still warning against all but essential international travel.
Spain’s foreign affairs minister Arancha González Laya said UK visitors will go through a “triple check” upon arrival to Spain.
They will be asked for their country of origin and to register “so we know we have a contact point to trace them”, she said. They will also undergo a temperature check.
“We want to make sure that we welcome visitors, but we want to do this in safety and security for them, as well as for the Spaniards,” she said.
Ms González Laya said discussions were continuing with the government about exempting Spanish visitors from the UK’s current quarantine travel rules.
“We do hope that [the British authorities] will be sensitive to the 250,000 Spaniards that are also living in the UK and would very much like to enter the UK without quarantine,” she said.
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