Spain reopened its borders to UK tourists on Sunday, without requesting them to quarantine upon arrival, in a bid to salvage its economy by the Coronavirus economic aftermath.
Although temperature tests are made along with visual examination to ensure that there are no visible signs of COVID-19, and tourists are asked to provide contact details to enable health services to contact them if needed, no further tests are conducted.
Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told BBC that the decision has been taken “out of respect” for the 400,000 Britons who have second homes in Spain. British tourists make up a large part of Spain’s vital tourism sector that has been harshly hit by the pandemic.
However, the UK has not yet agreed to a reciprocal agreement for Spanish citizens, as Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Since June 8, people arriving in the UK are requested to undergo a 14-day quarantine, with the measures expected to be reviewed by June 29.
“We do hope that [the British authorities] will be sensitive to the 250,000 Spaniards that are also living in the UK and would very much like to enter the UK without quarantine,” Gonzalez Laya added, stressing however that Spain “respects that countries look at entry or exit restrictions on the basis of their own data.”