BRITS’s arrival in Spain on holiday from next week has been welcome as the country is phasing out the mandatory mask outdoors.
The Spanish government insists that face coverings in outdoor public spaces will no longer be compulsory.
The new regulations will take effect from February 9.
Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias told local media: “I can confirm that on Tuesday 8th February we will bring a Royal Decree to the Spanish Cabinet, through which we will abolish the requirement to wear masks outdoors.
“Earlier on Monday, we will hold an inter-territorial meeting between regional governments to debate the law.”
Spain is one of the few countries that still applies external face coverings, along with Italy.
However, there are still strict rules that apply on the islands, both Balearics and the Canary Islands.
Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera are on the highest level of Covid alert Level 4, which includes a restaurant and bar curfew at 12am and up to six people meeting, while Majorca is on Level 3.
The Canary island Tenerife and Gran Canaria are on the highest Covid alert level at Level 4, while La Palma is at Level 3.
At Level 4, the nightclub capacity is only 25% and the beaches are limited to 50% capacity.
Spain has tightened its Covid travel rules making it more difficult for Britons to travel abroad.
Brits must be fully vaccinated and now cannot use a negative Covid test or proof of recovery to enter.
Many children aged 12 to 17 are still not fully immunized – meaning they have no other way to be allowed into the country, even if they have proof of recovery.
Unvaccinated travelers over 12 years of age can only enter the country for specific reasons, such as working as a healthcare or air transport professional, studying as a student members or those traveling for forced family reasons, among others.
If you are unvaccinated and qualify for an exemption, you must provide proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, or an antigen test performed within 24 hours hours before arrival.
The country will also only allow the British to enter the one with their second stab less than nine months ago, or had their boost hit.
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