SPAIN: We are monitoring the epidemiological situation in the UK ‘day by day’
The Minister of Tourism for Spain, Reyes Maroto, has confirmed that the central Government is monitoring the epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom "day by day" in order to be able to reopen to this market as soon as health conditions are met.
"We have always been very consistent with the epidemiological situation. Of course, first with Spain and the Canary Islands, but then also with destinations as important to us as the United Kingdom," she said yesterday (Sunday) in statements to Radio Canarias when questioned about the decision of not allowing entry to British people under 16 years of age who aren’t fully vaccinated.
Maroto recalled that Spain was the first country to open to the British market, on June 7th, so that tourists could come to both the mainland and the islands.
"Now” she continued “the epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom has worsened in a significant way, especially in the age group under 16 years of age, because it still has low vaccination rates which makes us be cautious, because for us the fundamental thing is to maintain the recognition of being a safe destination. And for the Canary Islands this is fundamental".
The current legislation stopping non-vaccinated British travellers from entering Spain (including the Canary Islands), is scheduled to finish on December 31st, but this is subject to a review and taking into account the number of Omicron cases being reported in the UK, will more than likely be extended into the New Year.