It's a triple whammy of good news from Iberia this week as Spain reports a massive drop in COVID-19 cases, attributed to vaccinations and the coronavirus restrictions, British tourists should be able to return to Spain from May 20 without PCR tests and Portugal is added to the UK's green list of countries.
The Spanish minister for industry, commerce and tourism, Reyes Maroto, said on Tuesday that British tourists could begin to visit Spain once more from May 20 onward, provided that the authorities in the United Kingdom place the popular vacation destination on its coronavirus “green list” of countries. Maroto said: “We know what we have to do to allow British people to travel to Spain, which is to lower the cumulative incidence and keep on vaccinating.”
The not so good news for holidaymakers travelling to Spain is the UK has not responded yet by adding Spain to it's green list. The non-reciprocation means that British travelers returning from Spain must continue to provide a negative test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take two Covid-19 tests at home.
Meanwhile Spain's iberian neighbour Portugal joins Gibraltar on the green list. The Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, said that “this day marks the beginning of the reactivation of tourism, in the international context”. Not so fast though - Portugal is still in the equivalent of amber state domestically and the second-highest level of coronavirus alert is going to remain in place until 30 May at the earliest, almost two weeks after the country is added to a green list of destinations where holidaymakers can go without having to isolate on their return.
So the confusing state of affairs for Britons is you that can go to Spain, but in spite of their massive improvement in cases, you have restrictions returning, but there are no restrictions returning from Portugal, that is in a self-proclaimed 'state of calamity'!
Our advice? Wear your SAFEBAND, wherever you are and stick to establishments that also do the same.