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Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced plans to introduce new quarantine restrictions for UK arrivals unless they can provide evidence of being fully vaccinated or a negative PCR test. It comes amid growing concerns in the European Union(EU) over the spread of the Delta variant in the UK.

Another added: “It [is] obvious that the Spanish et all don’t want or need your money or Brits come to that, so just stay away from the places.”

Despite this, Spain’s tourism officials have reinforced the value of its UK visitors and stressed that “British guests remain welcome”.

The new testing requirement for unvaccinated Britons is to “ensure the protection of both local residents and visitors” according to a spokesperson for The Spanish Tourist Office.

While Spain says it looks forward to welcoming British holidaymakers, Mr Sanchez justified this measure given that the data coming from the United Kingdom shows concerning infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants based on the prior 14 days.”

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Not all readers were opposed to Spain’s decision, with some showing understanding for the Spanish PM’s decision.

“Moaning about others requiring tests is the height of hypocrisy,” wrote a commenter.

“For months all visitors from the EU have been required to quarantine on entry to the UK.

“Now we have a higher infection rate than EU countries we think they should welcome us with open arms.”

Many, however, remain unsatisfied with mounting restrictions, the cost of PCR tests and the risk of quarantine.

Instead, some readers say they are turning their attention to other holiday destinations.

“My money is being spent on some wonderful places in the UK,” said one reader.

“Shame really as I have always enjoyed lovely holidays on mainland Europe, but judging by some of the comments on various websites, they only wanted our money.”

Britons have also begun to turn their attention to other green list nations.

“Go to Gibraltar, [it has the] same sun and warmth,” recommended one Express reader.

Both British Airways and easyJet have ramped up capacity to Spain’s neighbouring Gibraltar.

While there are no exact figures available on how the nation’s tourism has benefitted from the green list boost, Gibraltar’s tourism minister Vijay Daryanani told the Observer “you can see a lot of movement in town and in our marinas and restaurants.

“People are booking with a lot of UK [phone] numbers, which is proof of a lot of people are coming from the UK.”


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