October 21, 2022, 8:17 PM
Spain has dropped its Covid-19 travel restrictions for British travellers, meaning holidaymakers no longer have to prove they don’t have the virus or have been vaccinated before visiting the country .
The news comes in time for school mid-term next week, when some British families go on holiday to soak up the late autumn sunshine.
Spain is the most popular destination for British holidaymakers outside the UK.
Other popular holiday countries such as Italy, Greece and France had already dropped Covid restrictions, making travel easier and cheaper for people wishing to travel.
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The Spanish tourist board said on Friday: “As of October 21, 2022, the restrictions regarding the Covid-19 test and the vaccination certificate will be lifted.”
Travel companies said the news would give a boost to the tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and is still recovering.
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Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of travel agent network Advantage Travel Partnership, told the BBC that Spain’s decision was “better late than never and good news”.
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She added: “We have seen other destinations where restrictions were eased earlier in the year, such as Greece, benefit from an overall increase in demand over the summer.”