New coronavirus restrictions for Brits entering Spain

LONDON — Spain has put up new coronavirus barriers to people from the U.K.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González said people coming from the U.K. to Spain will need proof of two COVID vaccines or a negative test.

It comes after Germany led efforts to encourage other EU states to take a unified approach to U.K. travelers, due to increasing case numbers of the Delta variant in Britain.

Since late May, there had been no testing requirements or other restrictions for those heading to Spain, according to U.K. government guidance.

But González tweeted Monday morning: “From tomorrow British citizen [sic] will require a certification of full vaccination or a negative PCR (72hrs) to enter Spain.”

At the European Council summit last week, EU leaders agreed to be “vigilant and coordinated with regard to developments, particularly the emergence and spread of new variants.”

Portugal has also tightened its rules, requiring arriving Brits to self-isolate unless they have had two vaccines.

U.K. government officials are in talks with EU nations to prevent a blanket tightening of restrictions.

The European Commission said it was in discussion with representatives of EU countries on whether to apply to ban, as a bloc, all non-essential travel from the U.K.

Spokesperson Adalbert Jahnz said: “For U.K. travelers, the rule is that non-essential travel should only be open to people who have been fully vaccinated.” Those who don’t fall into that category should not be let in “and from the Commission side, we very much expect member states to fully apply that recommendation.”

Hans von der Burchard contributed to this article.

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