Spain is traditionally a popular summer holiday spot with Britons seeking an affordable break in the sun. With all-inclusive package holidays for a family of four available for under £1000, it’s the perfect affordable holiday destination. But now, it seems family holidays to Spain could become a lot more expensive due to new entry requirements.
According to Hosbec, the hotel association for Benidorm, a holiday to Spain could cost the average family £500 more because of covid testing requirements.
Hosbec said the testing may help control the spread of coronavirus but that it is unlikely to help the country’s tourism industry which has already suffered this year.
A family of four could be expected to pay around £480 for the coronavirus tests which would be a requirement for their holiday in Spain.
Tourists visiting the country could face heavy fines or be turned away if they do not comply.
Under the new law, the fines could go up to €6,000 (£5385.85).
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González described the fines as “serious and persuasive”.
The hotel association, Hosbec, said in a statement: “Although these new demands respond to the serious health situation that we are going through in what is surely the maximum peak of the second wave of the pandemic that affects Spain and all the countries around us, the truth is that it is not a measure that contribute positively to tourism, and especially in the Valencian Community.”
Hosbec has also said that it’s “useless” to impose testing requirements if quarantines are not scrapped.
They added: “We ought to be working on developing safe travel corridors but something like this is preventing their creation.”
Apartment letting group Aptur said the tests should be free of charge for people who stay in “regulated tourist accommodation”.
The group’s president Miguel Angel Sotillos added that if the tests were free of charge and paid by the government, it would be an investment and would save money elsewhere.
Holidaymakers arriving in Spain from the UK do not have to self-isolate on their arrival in the country.
However, the country is currently on the UK’s quarantine list which means Britons must self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival back into the UK.
From November 23, Spain is requiring that all passengers, including children, travelling to the country will have to present a negative coronavirus rest taken within no more than 72 hours before their arrival.
The entry requirement will be required of anyone travelling to Spanish airports or ports from “risk countries” which currently includes the UK.
Categorising a “risk” country has been decided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC).
The requirement applies to anyone – holidaymakers and residents – no matter how long you’re staying for.
However, those transiting the country do not need a negative test.
Spain has recorded a surge in coronavirus cases over the last few months.
The country’s infection rate has almost hit 1.5 million with more than 40,000 deaths.