Spain: Benidorm bar owner praises UK vaccine rollout
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The Government announced that Spain would stay on the amber list at least until the next traffic system review takes place at the end of the month. This means UK travellers that decide to fly to the country, have to quarantine for 10 days on return. One of these was a Briton who travelled to Marbella last week on a business trip.
He told Express.co.uk that in Marbella “it’s more back to normality than here in England.”
He said that restrictions in Spain are minimal and everything is almost back to normal.
“No real restrictions other than applying common sense – you need to wear a mask when walking outdoors and around public places, between bars and restaurants or when you walk to the toilet, etc.
“You also can’t stand in bars and need to be seated. Other than it’s absolutely fine and back to normal.”
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But is it possible to enjoy a holiday in Spain despite being the country on the amber list?
“Absolutely,” he said.
“I’ve been five or six times and there’s been minimal disruption to being able to do things that you normally would do,” he explained.
He said that the real issue is when leaving or coming back to the UK: “It’s harder at the UK side than it is as the Spanish side.
“Leaving the UK is difficult if you don’t have a return ticket booked like I didn’t when I travelled for work. However, if you have a return ticket booked then it’s easy.
“You need all your paperwork ready at check-in and you need a negative PCR test, even though that the Spanish have dropped this as an entry requirement for people travelling from UK.”
He said that “there are hardly any issues and what is in the media is nothing like what is actually occurring in those countries.”
“I also think there’s a natural tipping point people have with being locked down for something that is being actively vaccinated against in very large numbers in the UK, so what’s the point of having vaccines if you still need to quarantine or be restricted.
“I think people are generally scared of what it’s like in foreign countries based on what they are reading or seeing on the TV when in reality, certainly in Marbella, it’s more back to normality than here in England!”
He said that during his time there, he was surprised to find so many Britons on holiday in Marbella.
“Lots of British people there as usual.
“Maybe a bit quieter than previous years but bars and restaurants are still full.”
He explained that going on holiday to the Mediterranean country is still worth it despite the mandatory quarantine on return.
“I’m going back in a couple of weeks,” he admitted.
However, it should be noted that the Government have said Britons should only travel to Amber countries for “essential” reasons, such as funerals.
The FCDO say on their website: “To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries.”
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