7th Jul 2021 @ 9:17 am

The news that the UK will lift almost all anti-Covid restrictions at home on 19th July has caused an increase in holiday reservations throughout Spain, although full details of when travel restrictions will be lifted have still not been announced.

The leading destination for reservations is the Balearic Islands, which has been on the UK’s green list for the last fortnight. The Balearics have seen a 43% rise in reservations recently. The Canaries  are the most popular destination in the rest of amber-listed Spain, with a 21. 6% increase in reservations.

The lifting of restrictions will include the end of the quarantine measures that currently apply to anyone entering Britain from an amber-listed country who has been fully vaccinated against Covid. Although Boris Johnson mentioned this particular measure on Monday, a concrete date has not yet been announced, and could be delayed uyntil early August. More details are expected to be announced in the next few days.

British tourists will also have to comply with Spanish restrictions on entry, which currently demand proof of vaccination or a a negative PCR (or TMA, LAMP or NEAR) test. Antigen tests are not accepted for most travellers.

The Canarian law requiring proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid or a negative test for those staying in licenced tourist accommodation remains valid, and in this case antigen tests are accepted.

This measure was reintroduced recently following the increase in infections from the Delta variant in the UK. 28,300 cases were registered yesterday in the UK, more than three times Spain’s total of 8,207. The  UK’s current death rate is also around three times that of Spain, with 142 deaths in the last week compared to 43 in Spain.

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