Spain Christmas holidays threatened as Costa Blanca could bring in more restrictions

Covid: Travellers recall ‘stressful’ process of pre-travel tests

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The President of the region of Valenica, Ximo Puig, said restrictions could be brought in if Covid cases get out of control. Currently British tourists must use a Covid passport in the Costa Blanca.

According to Olive Press, there were 563 hospital admissions of Covid patients in the Valencia region last Friday.

That’s half the total of this time last year when vaccines weren’t available to protect against Covid.

Since December 4, tourists and residents in the Costa Blanca have been required to use Covid passports for some venues.

Tourists in Benidorm will need a Covid passport to enter bars, restaurants and other venues with capacity for over 50 guests.

Unvaccinated Britons have been banned from travelling to Spain since December 1 due to fears of the Omicron variant.

While it is not yet known whether the Omicron variant is more dangerous than previous variants, it is expected to be far more transmissible.

Ximo Puig said: “We have to be cautious and if hospitalisations increase, measures will have to be taken, but at the moment we are not planning any.”

The President of Valencia appealed to residents to keep wearing masks and to use good ventilation at Christmas parties.

So far, around a fifth (4.1 million) of Valencia’s residents have received a booster jab to protect them

Children under 11 are due to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the region on Wednesday.

Last week, a group of hospitality owners said that regular customers in Benidorm had “lost their temper” over the region’s new Covid passport.

They said they had lost bookings to smaller venues as some customers were unwilling to show the document to enter.

Benidorm has been vaccinating tourists in a move to control rising case numbers in the resort.

Some local officials had blamed a rise in Covid cases on the number of British tourists travelling to Benidorm.

The emergence of the Omicron variant has sparked fear around the globe and caused many countries to reintroduce travel restrictions.

In the UK, tourists will need to take a pre-departure Covid test before travelling back home to Britain.

They will also need to take a day two PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Mask wearing is compulsory in indoor spaces in Spain and mandatory outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.

British tourists are advised to check the UK Government website before travelling as restrictions can change rapidly.

Britons will need to book their travel tests with a Government approved provider which can be found on the UK Government website.

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