Spanish officials had said on that the need to quarantine would be dropped for all travellers from within the EU when Spain opens up its borders next Sunday.
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But late on Monday, Spain’s foreign minister insisted that “reciprocity” was an issue and that Spain may have to impose a two-week quarantine on travellers from the UK in response to the UK government's quarantine requirement.
Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya told the BBC's HARDtalk programme: “We will be checking what the UK will be doing and we will be in dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures than the rest of the EU.”
But even with travellers poised to arrive from Sunday, the policy did not seem to be set in stone.
She described the situation as “fluid” and said officials would like to “properly engage in a dialogue with the UK authorities to make sure that we both take the message that best corresponds to the health situation, which today is a little bit better in Spain than it is in the UK”.
“Hopefully by the time we open our borders, the UK would have moved forward also,” she said.
On Sunday, Spain had announced that its borders (apart from that with Portugal) would be open and tourists from within the EU and Schenhen area would be welcomed from June 21st without the need for quarantine, with the Foreign Minister tweeting the announcement herself:
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W EU & Schengen area countries as from 21 June with the end of the state of alarm + end of quarentene (#Portugal 1 July)
— Arancha González (@AranchaGlezLaya) June 14, 2020
Earlier in the day the British Embassy in Madrid had confirmed that indeed British visitors would not be subject to quarantine under plans by Spain to open the country to tourism from June 21st.
You may have seen the announcement this weekend that ??will open its borders with some countries from 21 June. The Spanish government has confirmed to us that the ??is included within the group of countries to whom these border relaxations will apply.
— BritslivinginSpain (@BritsliveSpain) June 15, 2020
Spain had originally proposed July 1st as the date to welcome back international tourists but brought forward the date by ten days in a bid to kickstart the much needed tourism season and because evolution of the coronavirus crisis continued to remain under control.
More than 18 million British tourists visited Spain last year, accounting for more than a fifth of the overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, figures from the National Institute of Statistics show.