Spain tourism boss confirms country is deciding on quarantine just for Britons

Spain holidays for Britons are now in a state of flux after mixed messages emerged from the country yesterday. It was originally believed that travellers from the UK would not have to quarantine on arrival from June 21. But Spain’s foreign affairs minister Arancha González Laya then said that Britons may have to quarantine if the UK decides to continue enforcing its own quarantine rules.


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She told the BBC: “We will be checking what the UK will be doing and we will be in dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures than the rest of the EU.”

She said that the situation was “fluid” and that she was hoping when Spain opens its borders, the UK will have also “moved forward”.

Currently, anyone arriving in the UK has to quarantine in one place for two weeks or face a fine of £1,000 if they’re caught flouting the rules.

Spain announced over the weekend that it would be reopening its borders on June 21.

Spain’s border with neighbouring Portugal is exempt from this.

And now, Director general of tourism for the Balearic Islands Rosana Morillo has said that quarantine rules are possible.

She told Sky News: “Still the Spanish Government hasn’t decided whether this is going to work based on epidemiological rates or whether it’s going to be based on other criteria.

“The plans are still in the air.

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“I wouldn’t say they can come and I wouldn’t say they cannot come I think it’s still to be decided in the next few days.”

When asked whether it is possible Britons will have to quarantine she said, “it is possible.”

But as the Balearic Islands open to German tourists, business owners in the hospitality industry have already seen a spike in revenue.

Christian Lafourcade, owner of German bar Zur Krone in Les Meravelles in Palma on the island of Majorca said there had been a “significant” economic difference.

He told Sky News: “Just yesterday for instance there was an economic difference. Quite significant.

“We are talking about between 20 and 30 percent.

“That gives us a bit more optimism.”

Despite Majorca and neighbouring islands receiving thousands of German tourists, Magaluf remains empty.

Known as a British hotspot, the town is banking on Britons returning soon.

One bar owner told Sky News that he wouldn’t want to quarantine every time he goes abroad.

Owner of Piano Bar in Magaluf Carlos Jerez said: “I would not like to quarantine every time I go abroad.

“Then you have to quarantine for two weeks after you go on holidays for two weeks.”

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