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Spain announces plans to welcome foreign tourists in July as hopes grow for Brit holidaymakers

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SPAIN will open borders to foreign holidaymakers from July, their Prime Minister has announced.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has told the country’s tourism industry to prepare for a summer season of tourists.

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 Spain could re-open to foreign holidaymakers in July
Spain could re-open to foreign holidaymakers in JulyCredit: Reuters

And it’s a move that gives hope to millions of Brits who want to get away and soak up the sunshine this year.

The Spanish PM said: “From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.

“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks.

“There will be a tourist season this summer.

“There will be no opposing forces between health and business.”

How it will work in practice remains to be seen with the UK introducing a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from June 8.

And Spain is also currently forcing foreigners into isolation for two weeks on arrival.

That means a one-week getaway in the Spanish sunshine could mean Brits need to take five weeks off work.

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And Sanchez added that despite a major drop in coronavirus cases, caution was still needed to beat the virus.

He said: “We are one step away from victory, but we are still in a health emergency, the virus has not disappeared, it is still on the prowl and we have to keep it at bay, it is essential not to relax.”

The Prime Minister said that two months ago the county’s R rate was 3 – meaning each person with the virus was infecting three others.

As of this week, the reproduction rate stands at 0.2, he said.

However, at the moment Spain still has a 14-day quarantine period in place for all foreigners entering the country.

This will last at least until the State of Emergency is due to end on June 7.

It comes after Malaga was rocked by violence this week as expats fought in the street just two days after the port city’s pubs reopened.

Trouble erupted on the popular Paseo de Pedregalejo “strip” which is home to dozens of bars and restaurants.

Benidorm has also announced the return of late night boozing.

Bars at the popular Brit resort were told they could re-open until 11pm at the end of last week but have now been given the green light to serve till 1am.

 Bar terraces have been allowed to reopen with a limited number of people in places such as Benidorm
Bar terraces have been allowed to reopen with a limited number of people in places such as BenidormCredit: Solarpix
 Priti Patel announced the UK's new quarantine rules yesterday
Priti Patel announced the UK’s new quarantine rules yesterdayCredit: PA:Press Association

 


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