As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.
Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.
But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?
Here’s all the information you need to know.
Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?
At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to Spain.
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Will I be able to go on holiday this summer?
This is contingent on several factors: the current Foreign Office blanket ban on all international travel being lifted; the host country being willing to accept tourists from the UK; no quarantine being imposed upon arrival or return to the UK; the ability to get to the airport; and the ability to fly or otherwise travel to your chosen destination.
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UK holidaymakers will be able to travel abroad this summer – though it is not yet clear to which destinations.
At present a “double lock” effectively prevents most overseas travel. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential journeys abroad, while anyone returning to the UK faces two weeks of self-isolation.
The measures have already triggered the cancellation of millions of trips and stifled new outbound and inbound bookings.
But in the next few days the government will set out a list of countries for which both the Foreign Office warning and the quarantine requirement will be lifted.
These are the key questions and answers.
What is changing?
On Wednesday, 1 July, the government is expected to say that the current rules will be relaxed on 6 July for a range of destinations.
Simultaneously, the Foreign Office no-go warning and the need