THOUSANDS of Britons have canceled their holidays to Benidorm due to strict new Spain regulations.
Hoteliers in Benidorm and throughout the Costa Blanca are calling for an urgent reform in Spain’s new travel restrictions was introduced yesterday.
Children over 12 years of age cannot enter this country without proof of adequate coronavirus vaccination or booster.
As children in the UK have yet to receive a second stab, it means families with teenagers can no longer visit.
The Hosbec hotel association said it was suffering “thousands of cancellations” by UK families wanting to take a half-term holiday but were stymied by the new rules.
A spokesman said: “Spain does not allow entry of children without a full immunization schedule but with the AstraZeneca vaccine, many British minors are still unable to complete due to waiting times between doses. first and second”. today.
“From our field, the Government of Spain is therefore required that in the case of families where one of their minors does not have adequate guidance, a negative PDIA can be enabled to allow entry into the country.
“All these thousands of bookings from British families unable to enter Spain are being redirected to other competing destinations, which have conveniently relaxed their restrictions: Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt are the big beneficiaries.”
Spain has also tightened their other Covid restrictions.
Brits must have had a second crash within the past nine months for it to take effect, or have had their booster hit.
And the flow to the right now done within 24 hours prior to arrival, not 48 hours, as previously allowed.
Last month, Benidorm warned that half of the hotels have to close due to a decrease in tourist arrivals.
However, the side resort has said bookings are generally looking better, and the recent Benidorm Festival has increased occupancy.
The international market is starting to dominate with UK travelers leading the way (34.9%) with an even lower share but more similar to pre-pandemic data.
“It seems like the green light is starting to appear in the tourism sector in the Valencian Community and little by little national and international tourism marketing is starting to wake up,” says Hosbec. restaurant removed.
“The region hopes that in February the sixth wave will be completely controlled and all restrictions will be lifted, as other Autonomous Communities and other countries have done.
“At this point, it doesn’t make sense to go ahead with the Covid passport requirement because hospitality doesn’t provide any form of protection and its positive impact is to encourage undecided people to go ahead. vaccination plan, has been completed,” the spokesperson said.
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