Can I travel to Spain? Latest 2020 holiday advice for Malaga, Benidorm and Barcelona

SUMMER holidays abroad are getting increasingly likely, as European countries open their borders following months of lockdown.

Spain closed to UK holidaymakers after the virus spread across Europe, but the country is opening its borders to Brits from June 21.

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Spain currently has 291,408 cases of coronavirus, with 27,136 deaths -the UK has had 41,969 deaths.

Here is everything you need to know about heading to Spain this year, from flights to quarantine.

What is the advice from the UK government?

The Foreign Office currently advises against any non-essential travel abroad, although it is expected to relax that guidance next week.

Since June 8, a 14-day quarantine requirement has also been put in place by the government for anyone returning to the UK from abroad, including British nationals.

That means you have to self-isolate for two weeks when you arrive in Britain.

However, air bridges are expected to be agreed with a number of countries including Spain, Greece and Portugal by the end of the month.

The 'bridges' would allow Brits to skip quarantine when arriving back in the UK after travelling, as well as any isolation requirements in the selected countries.

Are tourists allowed to visit Spain?

British tourists will be able to enter Spain from June 21.

It was initially thought that Spain was only opening its borders to member of the Schengen zone – which the UK and Ireland are not a part of.

But it has since been clarified by the Spanish Foreign Ministry that EU member states are included, and as the UK is still in the transition phase of leaving the EU then it is part of this group.

While Brits are allowed into the county from next week, a Spanish government spokesperson has told the Telegraph that they could change UK entry rules again, "if the epidemiological situation in Britain requires this."

Will I have to quarantine in Spain?

Spain's Foreign Minister has threatened to force Brits to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive into the country.

The warning from Arancha González was explicitly in retaliation for Britain's own quarantine rule.

She told the BBC: "We will be checking what the UK will be doing, and we will be in a dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity, as they have different measures from the rest of the European union."

However, there have not been any further statements on a Spanish quarantine and it is hoped that an air bridge agreement cancelling out a isolation requirements in either country will be announced within the next two weeks.

Are flights running?

Limited flights are currently running, but both Wizz Air and Ryanair are both operating flights between the UK and Spain.

EasyJet and British Airways will also be running flights to Spain in July.

However, flight schedules will remain a fraction of what they usually are at this time of year, with airlines also enforcing strict safety measures and rules to be allowed to fly.

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