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Spain will refuse entry to British holidaymakers until the UK’s coronavirus situation improves, the country’s tourism minister has said.
Maria Reyes Maroto said despite reports of a possible trial reopening which could see thousands of tourists from several nations pour into Spain, Britons would have to wait to be allowed to take holidays there.
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The tourism minister revealed that Germany and the Nordic countries were most likely to be first because their “epidemiological situations are very good”.
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But when asked about the UK, she reportedly said: “There the health situation still has to improve.
“For us it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”
Earlier this month, Reyes Maroto had offered hope to Britons wanting to visit the Iberian nation this summer by saying: “It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July."
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Under the terms of the trial reopening, as many as 3,000 German tourists could be allowed to enter the Balearic Islands from June 16 onwards.
The Canary Islands, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol could also be included in the test-run, Reyes Maroto added.
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It comes after Greece and Cyprus banned British tourists because of the UK’s poor coronavirus record.
The Greek government said earlier this month it will accept tourists from 29 countries when it reopens its border in June - but the UK did not make the list.
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Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis previously said that the UK's record on coronavirus meant it wouldn't make the cut.
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He said: “I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there."
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