Huge change to Spain holiday restrictions as hotspot drops strict rules for vaccinated Brits

THE COSTA del Sol has scrapped Covid passports for tourists, meaning Brits no longer need to show they are vaccinated to enter bars and cafes.

As of tomorrow, it will not be necessary for anyone to present proof of being fully vaccinated.

Minister of Health and Families for the Andalusia region, Jesús Aguirre confirmed the regional government will not request be asking the Supreme Court for a new extension of this measure.

"In Andalusia, on the 14th, the extension of the Supreme Court judgement for the Covid passport is fulfilled. We are not going to ask for renewal. Directly, the obligation of the Covid passport will decline, ” said Jesús Aguirre.

The decision, he said, was based on the good evolution of the pandemic. 

“The incidence is going down and hospital pressure too," he confirmed.

The Covid rule was first introduced on December 20 due to an explosive increase in infections, caused by the Omicron variant.

Andalusia thus joins other autonomous communities on the mainland such as the Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia. 

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The Andalusian Federation of Hospitality Entrepreneurs welcomed the announcement of the end of the Covid passport in Andalusia which, according to its president, Javier Frutos, "has fulfilled its function in the situation we were experiencing but it no longer makes sense."

Majorca and Ibiza also abandoned the use of Covid passports for gaining entry to pubs, clubs and restaurants with effect from February 12.

The announcement was made by Balearic president,  Francina Armengol following a wide range of meetings with industry and health chiefs, as well as the presidents of the four islands in the group, Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

"The government considers that its application has been useful in recent months to contain and soften the impact of the sixth wave of COVID-19 in the Balearic Islands," said a government spokesman .

Covid passports are still needed for travel into Spain and various coronavirus regulations are still in force in the popular holiday locations.

The Spanish government confirmed that face masks in outdoor public spaces will no longer be compulsory anymore either.

Families were given a welcome boost as the country scrapped their controversial travel restrictions for kids.

From today, unvaccinated kids aged between 12 and 17 will no longer need to have both jabs to enter the country.

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