New Spain rules in place from today – with unvaxxed Brits now needing negative Covid tests to travel

BRITS heading to Spain must now follow the new rules, which require all UK tourists to have a negative Covid test.

Only Brits which have been fully vaccinated, with the second jab at least two weeks prior to travelling, can avoid having the tests.

Spain was one of the only destinations which welcomed UK holidaymakers with no restrictions on arrival.

However, the new rules were announced earlier this week, in line with other European destinations, due to the threat of the Delta variant.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that any Brits entering the country would be like the "rest of European citizens".

Mr Sánchez said: "The cumulative incidence rate in the United Kingdom has been progressing negatively during these last few weeks. It is far above 150 cases [per 100,000 inhabitants] in 14 days, and that is why we have to take an additional precaution with respect to the arrival of British tourists to our country."

He added: "We are going to apply to British tourists who travel to the Balearic Islands the same restrictions that we place on the rest of Europe: they will need either to be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test."

Tests must be taken at least 48 hours before travelling to be valid.

Children under 12 traveling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated can travel to Spain without restrictions, while kids over 12 will need a negative test, as they are not yet eligible for the vaccine in the UK.

Brits who are fully vaccinated can show the NHS app as proof of both jabs.

Families have been arriving in Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca this week after the Balearic Islands were added to the green list.

The rest of Spain, including the mainland, remains on the amber list although the Canary Islands hope to be removed from July 15.

Along with Malta and Madeira, Brits can now return from the holiday destinations without having to quarantine.

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Portugal has carried out its threat to make Brits who travel to the country self-isolate for 14 days from today unless they can show they are fully vaccinated.

The new rules come nearly three weeks after the UK’s decision to kick the country off its green list which led to thousands of people cutting short their holidays so they could beat a new quarantine deadline.

Malta also requires Brits to have both jabs to be allowed into the country, including 12-17 year olds – ending any family holiday plans for Brits.

Yesterday, they reversed their decision which initially wouldn't accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination, although have now confirmed that they will.

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