Spain will demand a negative PCR test or proof of full vaccination from UK travellers due to concerns over the delta variant of Covid-19.
The new restrictions will come into effect in 72 hours “so that tour operators and British tourists will be able to adapt to the new rules,” according to Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez.
The conditions will particularly affect travellers to the Balearic islands, which are going on the UK’s green ‘watchlist’ list on June 30.
The rest of Spain will remain on the amber list, which requires quarantine upon return.
The change follows similar restrictions being introduced by Portugal, on the UK amber list, and Malta, on the green list.
Sanchez told the Spanish Cadena SER radio network: “We are going to apply to British tourists who travel to the Balearic islands the same restrictions that we place on the rest of Europe. They will need either to be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test.”
The measure follows data from the UK showing concerning infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants based on the prior 14 days”.