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Coronavirus: Tourists confused over Spain’s mixed rules for UK travellers

Double statements by Spanish officials have sparked confusion over the country’s rules for UK travellers.

The mixed messages began after Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced over the weekend that Spain’s borders would reopen to travellers from all EU countries on Sunday 21 June – with the exception of Portugal.

Also on Monday evening, a Spanish government spokeswoman confirmed that the UK would be added to the list of countries whose citizens could travel to Spain.

But later, Spain’s foreign affairs minister Arancha González Laya appeared to give new guidance on the travel rules for UK travellers arriving in Spain.

The new stance was apparently prompted by the UK government’s previous decision to impose a two-week quarantine period on most overseas travellers.

The minister 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.”

She added the situation was “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.

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