Spain orders COVID tests for all travellers to it's holiday islands

The British heading to Majorca, Ibiza and Tenerife will have to provide a negative coronavirus test result 48 hours before they are due to arrive.

Under the new rules, holidaymakers and travellers must also test negative for COVID 48 hours before they depart the Balearic and Canary Islands.

The COVID tests will be free of charge but those who return a positive result will be stopped from flying home to the UK and must quarantine until the virus has passed.

Tourists will be offered free accommodation in hotels and other properties that are set aside for quarantining purposes. Any hospital and medical fees will also be covered by the Spanish government.

Spain’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto hopes the new measures, which were agreed by national and regional government representatives yesterday, will form the basis of the country’s air corridor negotiations with the UK.

She said: “Protocols are a useful instrument to reach agreement with our European partners which facilitate the recovery of mobility and reactivation of tourism in conditions of safety and security.”  Global247News Twitter

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