Ryanair flights touched down in Malaga and Alicante on Sunday as the first Britons arrived for their holidays to hit the beach and soak up scorching temperatures following months of lockdown restrictions. Spain’s borders are now open to Britain, all EU countries except Portugal, as well as Schengen area members outside the bloc in a much-needed boost to the country’s tourism industry which accounts for more than 12 percent of the economy.
British tourists are allowed in without having to quarantine, even though they will still be subject to 14 days isolation upon their return.
It comes after travel firms slashed the price of a one-week holiday to £300 to entice British tourists to go on holiday during the COVID-19 crisis.
People will still have to wear masks in public when social distancing measures cannot be observed.
At Madrid’s international Adolfo Suarez-Barajas airport there was a sense of relief for passengers, many of whom were travelling to see loved ones after months apart.
All arriving passengers will have their temperature taken, submit information about where they have come from, and provide their whereabouts in Spain in case they need to be traced.
Meanwhile, French people crossed the border to queue for relatively cheaper tobacco and alcohol in the northern city of Irun.
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