Travel latest: 100,000 Britons expected to fly to Spain as country reopens

As many as 100,000 Britons are expected to fly to Spain today as the country opened its doors to foreign tourists for the first time this year.

Around 30 flights are due to depart for the country from the UK, with those arriving not required to present a negative coronavirus test.

But the Government has reiterated its guidance that British holidaymakers should not be travelling to Spain as the country remains on the amber list, meaning anyone returning to the UK will have to quarantine for up to 10 days.

Business Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said this morning: “The Prime Minister has been clear that, for now, amber means ‘please don’t go unless there is an urgent family reason and so on’ because we are still trying to slowly move through our road map to being able to open up on June 21 and we want to do that in a steady and careful way.”

She told Sky News “at the moment, today, that means amber countries really aren’t safe to go to”.

Spain is reopening its borders to overseas tourists ahead of the rest of the EU, which is expected to follow next month when it introduces its vaccine passport.


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