Half-term holidays at risk as Spain tightens Covid restrictions for islands

A beach in Spain is half-empty amid rise in Covid cases (Pictures: Getty/ PA)
Half-term holidays in Spain could be in jeopardy as cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise (Pictures: Getty/ PA)

Soaring Covid-19 cases have prompted lawmakers in Spain to tighten restrictions on gatherings and social distancing at some of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Brits with plans to travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands during half-term in February are now being warned of the latest wave of changes in travel.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Spanish government has been imposing restrictions on different regions of the country based on their infection levels, with level four meaning ‘very high’.

Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria are all at the highest Covid-19 tier, with cases only going up, and authorities are bringing in the rule-of-six for all gatherings to curb the spread of the virus.

Nightclub capacity is also being slashed to just 25% and beaches are limited to 50%, while spas and saunas remain shut.

The Balearic Islands, which include the popular Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are still at level three.

According to Schengen Visa Info, restaurants will also suffer the blow of the Omicron variant.

People at a beach in Tenerife enjoy the sunshine (Picture: PA)
Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria are all at the highest Covid-19 tier (Picture: PA)
A couple is looking at the beach of San Telmo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife  (Picture: DPA/PA Images)
Nightclub capacity is also being slashed to just 25% and beaches are limited to 50% (Picture: DPA/PA Images)

‘Only seated eating is permitted/ maximum two people in a group with a distance of 1.50 m between groups/ closing time: 00.00 hours,’ the rules state.

Currently, British people must have had two vaccinations to enter the country.

From next month, however, that rule is changing, which could cause a major problem for those eyeing up a well-deserved break over half-term.

Spain’s official travel website Safe Spain states: ‘From February 1, 2022, in order to travel to Spain with a vaccination certificate, the certificate must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination was no more than 270 days ago.’

Shaba Nabi, a GP and a mum-of-three, took to social media over the weekend to air her frustration with the latest restrictions.

She said: ‘Spain does not recognise recovery from infection. My kids are not vaccinated yet as they have had Covid-19 recently and have to wait three months.

‘Why are we living in such a bonkers world?’

The latest rule change also states that from February 11, fully vaccinated UK travellers will also not be required to take a test before returning to their country or after arrival, and will not be required to quarantine.

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