Spain holiday fury as British children face being BANNED from nation
Spain: British expat questions enforcement of Covid passes
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Up to 2.5 million British teenagers are virtually banned from visiting Spain from February 1 because they are not fully jabbed against the coronavirus, which naturally impacts the whole family. The Mediterranean country, a long-time favourite for UK travellers, has ruled only fully vaccinated Britons will be let through its borders.
Only 300,000 — or 12 percent — of British 12 to 15-year-olds have so far had two shots of the Covid vaccine, while just half — 52 percent — have had one. The rest, 36 percent, are so far unvaccinated.
Travel expert Lisa Francesca Nand, host of the Big Travel Podcast, told Express.co.uk: “I have heard from families who have had to cancel their half-term and Easter flights to Spain because of this vaccination rule and they have young teens that are not yet fully vaccinated.
“I believe that Spain does want us to visit, that is evident by the fact they are letting us in.
“It would be the best thing for Spain to do a U-turn on this rule for the over-12s because it’s going to prevent a lot of people from going there, and they want us to go there.”
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Ms Nand added: “Spain is open for business. They keep saying they’re open for business. This is their time to prove it. I hope they will change their mind about this. However, even if they do, it will be too late for some people who have booked and cancelled.”
The UK Foreign Office states on its website: “Under the Spanish government’s current measures, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show proof of being fully vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.”
Depending on when doses one and two were received, a booster is also required.
The Foreign Office said: “Your final dose must have been administered within 270 days prior to travel to Spain.
“If you completed your vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days prior to travel to Spain, you must be able to show proof of having received a booster jab.”
Fully vaccinated Britons can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine, regardless of their reason for travel, and children under 12 are not required to be fully jabbed to enter.
With more than 18 million visitors a year, Spain is the UK’s most popular holiday destination.
As it classed Britain as a “high risk” country, members of the public expressed their frustration.
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On Twitter, Royce Jacob said: “I live in Spain. I love Spain. Even though I know it would do some short term damage, I fully support a travel boycott of Spain in order to pressure the government into removing all restrictions.”
Chris Williams, who has himself been impacted by the latest rules, wrote: Was going to Spain to see a couple of friends, just found out can’t get in if I don’t have booster.
“Only had the first two so I can travel. Now they are imposing more restrictions.
“Off to find countries that will let me in.”
A user under the handle @DJcrypto79 said: “The prices they’re selling Spanish island holidays atm is incredibly cheap! That means there’s no demand.
“Half of Benidorm hotels are currently closed due to not enough tourists to fill them, should be busy even in Feb!
“Spanish tourism is on its a*** now. They’ll buckle soon.”
Russ Morton added: “As long as anywhere in Spain and its islands continue to impose any restrictions, their travel industry will continue to suffer.”
On Wednesday, Spain reported 133,553 daily COVID-19 cases and 215 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.
Last Wednesday’s figures, for comparison, were 157,941 new cases and 160 deaths.
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