Holidays to Spain to cost families £500 more due to coronavirus test restrictions as hotels slam new rules

FAMILIES wanting to head to Spain will have to fork out an extra £480 on average to visit due to the coronavirus restrictions.

The country is enforcing mandatory negative coronavirus tests on all arrivals from November 23, while all of Spain excluding the Canary Islands remains on the UK quarantine list.

New tests being enforced by Spain will ramp up holiday prices


New tests being enforced by Spain will ramp up holiday pricesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The hotel association for Benidorm, Hosbec, says the new measure to be introduced by the Spanish government from November 23 will help the general health situation but NOT tourism.

And it says some sort of common policy must be adopted which is both safe and affordable for holidaymakers who will otherwise be pushed out of the market.

Hosbec today gave the example of a British family of four having to pay up to £480 extra as Spain says all arrivals from at risk countries must bring with them a negative PCR test.

This is different to a simple rapid test for antigens which is considerably cheaper.

Brits must also get tests done privately if they are for travel purposes, as this is not allowed to be conducted for free on the NHS.

Hosbec said in a statement: “”Although these new demands respond to the serious health situation that we are going through in what is surely the maximum peak of the second wave of the pandemic that affects Spain and all the countries around us, the truth is that it is not a measure that contribute positively to tourism, and especially in the Valencian Community.”

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Spain is still on the UK's quarantine list, excluding the Canaries


Spain is still on the UK’s quarantine list, excluding the CanariesCredit: AFP or licensors

“It is useless for us to impose a PCR if they do not lift the quarantines that other countries have imposed on us.

“Not only are we not working in what are called tourist corridors, but we are hindering and hindering them.”

“Sometimes an example is most illuminating: a family of four from the United Kingdom who wants to travel next Christmas to a hotel in Benidorm, Valencia or Castellón should spend an average of an additional £480 on diagnostic tests and also continue with a 14-day quarantine upon return home.

“With this scenario there is no tourism that can be reactivated.”

Hosbec says there needs to be a detailed look at all the implications of the new measure “so that clear, common and applicable measures are established in all this area of ​​tourism and commercial relationships.”

“When we refer to manageable and easy measures, we are clearly referring to rapid diagnostic tests, with moderate cost and that can be favourably accepted by consumers, that are as less invasive and annoying as possible and that have adequate health reliability indices.”

However, Brits have been rushing to book their 2021 summer holidays following the announcement of a vaccine.

There are still some cheap deals out there, although travel experts have warned that the booking boom is likely to see them increase.

Many families are opting for UK staycations next year instead, due to fears of travel restrictions and cancellations.

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