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STILL AMBER: No quarantine for double-vaccinated Brits Photo credit: Pixabay

SPAIN is still amber on the UK’s traffic light system.

This opens the door to 240,000 Costa Blanca British tourists and €200 million in turnover but hoteliers are still waiting for bookings to soar.

Long-awaited and much-needed British tourists can visit Spain without quarantining if they are double-jabbed and produce a negative PCR result before flying and on returning home.  Unvaccinated children can travel with them, although they must quarantine and be PCR-tested before and afterwards.

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Despite generalised Costa Blanca relief, Covid infections in the UK are at their highest since last January and Alicante province is experiencing a “complicated moment” as Covid incidence soars. According to Benidorm sources quoted in the Spanish media, hoteliers remain wary.

When the UK announced that Spain remained on its amber list British bookings focused on the autumn but, the same sources emphasised, if there were an avalanche of summer bookings, “we are still ready for them.”

Hoteliers are closely watching the course of the pandemic in the UK as well as Spain and some fear a repetition of last summer when the Spanish government vetoed British tourists.


The Benidorm sources nevertheless conceded that mass vaccination has changed the picture and the scenario is “very different” from that of summer 2020.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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