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UK travellers without Covid jab can enter Spain under rule change

Spanish officials say that un-vaccinated travellers to the country from outside the EU can now travel there

New rules will allow people from Northern Ireland and Britain who do not have a Covid jab to travel to Spain by showing a negative PCR or antigen test.

Spanish officials say that un-vaccinated travellers to the country from outside the EU can now travel there from Saturday.

Although the rules have been relaxed vaccinated passengers will still be required to provide proof.

In March the British government removed its international Covid travel restrictions including passenger locator forms and tests for those who do not qualify as vaccinated.

Other European countries that no longer have any Covid travel restrictions for visitors include Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Prior to the recent rule change UK travellers to Spain were only allowed to enter with vaccine documents or proof they had recovered from the virus.

Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto said the "new phase of the pandemic" meant authorities are able to relax the rules by equating non-EU travellers with those of the EU and Schengen-associated countries.

"This is excellent news, much awaited by the tourism sector," he told the BBC

"Spain is becoming one of the most desired destinations in the world."

Meanwhile, the regular publication of Covid-19 linked statistics via online dashboard by the Department of Health came to an end on Friday.

The department confirmed there were 262 positive cases reported in the past 24 hours and no new deaths had been reported.

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