Spain to lift travel ban for UK arrivals on March 30th

Spain to lift travel ban for UK arrivals on March 30th
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The Spanish government on Tuesday announced it will lift entry restrictions for arrivals from the UK after a three-month travel ban was imposed to control the spread of new strains of the coronavirus. 

Spain’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday decided to lift a travel ban on arrivals by air and sea from the United Kingdom which has been in place since December 22nd 2020.

The Spanish government had extended this travel ban from the UK on six occasions over the course of the last three months.

Only Spanish residents and Spanish/Andorran nationals were allowed in from the UK, which excludes the majority of British second home owners in Spain who own property here but aren’t registered residents. 

The latest travel ban renewal for flight and ferries from the UK was introduced on March 9th and is now due to expire on March 30th. 

Restrictions on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa to prevent the spread of new coronavirus strains will be extended until April 13th but “not those with Britain” as the country’s vaccination campaign is very advanced, Spanish government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said on Tuesday.

The good news comes just hours after the British government announced that as part of its new Covid regulations, people in the UK will be allowed to travel abroad to buy, rent, let out or sell a second home from March 29th.

The UK government’s new “reasonable excuses for travel” abroad include visiting an estate agent, a developer sales office or show home, as well as viewing residential homes to rent or buy, or preparing a property to move into.

However, holidays abroad are still not allowed by Boris Johnson’s government, meaning that anyone caught breaking the rules on travel by going on holiday to Spain or elsewhere faces a fine of up to £5,000 (€5,800).

UK authorities will need to clarify whether flying abroad to check up on a property qualifies as a “reasonable excuse”, as many Brits have left their Spanish homes unattended for months. 

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