Spain reimposes PCR test requirement for unvaccinated UK tourists

British tourists traveling to Spain will now need a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination to travel, the Prime Minister announced today.

Spain last month lifted all entry restrictions for British visitors as it sought to reload its struggling tourism industry.

In last Thursday’s traffic light travel update, the Balearic Islands, which includes holiday hot spots Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, were placed on the UK’s Green Watch List, which means that travelers from there could enter Britain without quarantine after a holiday.

However, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that the country would re-impose the testing requirement for outgoing travelers who have not been fully vaccinated.

Tourists will be required to present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours.

“What we are going to do is apply to British tourists going to the Balearic Islands the same demands that we place on other European citizens,” Sanchez told Cadena SER radio. “They will need a full dose of vaccine or a negative PCR.”

Mr Sánchez justified this measure given that data from the United Kingdom show infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on the basis of the previous 14 days”.

The measure is due to be enacted on Tuesday and is expected to go into effect within 72 hours, which would be later this week.

The change applies to all arrivals aged 12 and over. Tourists must also complete an online health form.

Authorities in Mallorca, a popular holiday destination for Spaniards and foreigners, are investigating a coronavirus outbreak involving more than 600 students.

Additional reports by agencies

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