Spain holiday warning as Covid rules set to stay in place for another SIX MONTHS
UK tourists visiting Spain must use a Covid-19 travel certificate for at least the next six months.
It’s possible officials could extend the rule by a full year if case numbers don’t drop fast enough.
The European Parliament has agreed to keep the EU system for digital COVID certificates until June 2023.
The scheme was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2022.
However, there will be a mid-term review and the scheme could be lifted when the number of coronavirus cases has fallen sufficiently.
The decision came as millions of British tourists headed out for the busy summer season, particularly in Spain.
MEPs agreed that the coronavirus rate was still too high to overturn the travel certificate.
An EU spokesman confirmed: “In order to ensure that EU citizens can benefit from their right to free movement regardless of how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the EP plenary approved the decision of the Civil Liberties Committee to negotiate with Member States to extend the pandemic The EU COVID Digital Certificates (EUDCC) program – due to expire on June 30 – for a further 12 months.”
In addition to extending the validity of the EUDCC system until June 30, 2023, the changes also allow member states to issue test certificates based on new test types.
MEPs amended the proposals to emphasize that member states should avoid additional restrictions on the free movement of EUDCC holders unless strictly necessary.
The creation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) was approved in June 2021 to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic for a limited period of 12 months.
Earlier this week, Croatia became the latest European destination to drop all Covid-19 entry requirements.
Holidaymakers no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result to enter Croatia.
A statement said: “All travelers entering Croatia can now do so under the same entry conditions that applied before the Covid-19 pandemic, i.e. with valid travel documents”.
In order to enter Croatia, British tourists must have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the date they intend to leave the country.
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