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Spain to lift restrictions for UK travellers

Spain has said it is officially lifting restrictions for UK travellers from Monday, when a decree takes effect.

The government says the UK and Japan will be on a list of countries whose residents are not affected by restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU. They will not need a PCR test.

The EU is expected to announce shortly an expanded "white list" of countries whose citizens can enter the EU freely.

Only seven, with very low Covid infection rates, are on the list now.

The UK government, however, still strongly advises against non-essential travel to Spain and most other EU countries. British tourists going to Spain will still have to quarantine on their return.

Portugal is the main destination on the UK's short "green" list of countries that are free of the quarantine requirement. Tourism in Portugal and Spain relies heavily on British holidaymakers in the summer.

The EU has decided that visitors should be allowed to come from countries with an incidence rate of below 75 cases per 100,000 people.

Under those terms, UK travellers would be eligible but there are ongoing concerns about the Indian Covid-19 variant. (BBC News)