Spain vows to allow Brits hassle-free hols if UK ‘does the same for them’

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Spain says it'll only welcome Brits back if the UK does the same for its own, it has been reported.

Sun-lovers have been looking forward to jetting off to the likes of Ibiza and Majorca again.

It's thought Spain won't be on the UK's "green list" for quarantine-free travel when the ban on flying overseas is due to be lifted from May 17.

The current plans, reportedly, are that Brits will be allowed if they have a digital vaccine certificate or negative Covid test result.

And Spain's tourism ministry has now told the Telegraph that Britain must "accept the same terms for Spanish travellers who go to the UK".

The country is looking at creating its own version of the EU's proposed digital green certificate to show vaccination status or test results.

It plans to trial the technology at 46 airports next month, according to reports.

Meanwhile Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed the NHS app will be English holidaymakers' vaccine passport with the first trips using it within a month.

The app will automatically link to an individual's medical records, allowing the 30-plus million people who have got a Covid jab in England to get immediate digital proof by downloading it.

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Mr Shapps said it will be used as a certificate for international travel to show they are vaccinated, have a negative Covid test or immunity from having had the virus.

He added: "In terms of vaccine certification, I can confirm we are working on an NHS application, actually it will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you've had a vaccine or had testing.

"I'm working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised, as that's the way forward."

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Greece has said it will accept digital or paper vaccine certificates or negative tests, while Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portugal's ambassador to the UK, said yesterday that British holidaymakers could visit the country next month.

He said he was "hopeful" that Portugal would be on the UK's "green" list for quarantine-free travel from the middle of May, meaning "regular mobility between the UK and Portugal and vice versa can be established".

Portugal is expected to require digital confirmation of vaccination or negative tests.

The health department said: "The Government is working on providing individuals with the means to demonstrate their Covid status easily – through a digital route as well as a route for people who don't have access to a smart phone.

"Security and privacy will be at the core of our approach."

  • Majorca
  • Spain
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