Spain: British traveler denounces Orange List rules after “very safe” visit to the country | Travel News | To travel
Although the Spanish Balearic Islands were placed on the Green Watch List during the June 24 traffic light review, mainland Spain remains on the Amber List. The news came as a devastating blow, with Britons still unable to visit favorite vacation spots such as Benidorm, Marbella and Alicante without having to self-quarantine upon their return home.
Indeed, until June 26, 2021, the Spanish authorities prohibited being in a public place, whether indoors or outdoors, without an adequate face mask.
She continued, “You wore a mask on the street and it was mandatory on the beach.
“They even had a rule that if you ran you had to wear a mask. “
Increased cleaning measures are also apparent in public places such as shops and restaurants.
“They are very careful. There is disinfectant everywhere, in every store you go to.
“On a personal level, I find that downright ridiculous. “
Ms Taylor also points to the weather in Spain as a beneficial factor in helping with social distancing.
“In summer in Andalusia and on the Costa del Sol, all those coastal places where you are on the beach, outside. Its cafe lifestyle – you sit outside at night.
“It’s the lifestyle of Spain.
“And from April, that’s it. Everyone’s outside because you’re starting to get 30 or 40 degree heat, you’re not going to be sitting inside.
According to Ms Taylor, the local Spaniards are “very aware” of the rules in place and why it is important to follow them, especially after a difficult winter.
“I think everyone is very aware,” she explained.
“I think because there were so many deaths in Madrid it affects everyone in the country and they are all trying to be good, really.”
Recently, Spain put in place new entry requirements for Britons who are not yet vaccinated.
Arrivals from the UK must provide proof of a negative PCR test or proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
Otherwise, they now face 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
However, this development was not announced until Monday, before which Spain had welcomed British tourists with open arms, despite the British government’s stance on travel to Spain.
The nation’s place on the Orange List, from Ms. Taylor’s perspective, is “laughable.”
“Honestly, I would ask where England is from so they can quite frankly dictate that other countries are less safe?”
“I’m pretty sure we were one of the worst countries in Europe.
“For me, in my mind, it’s a bit laughable.”
Ms Taylor believes the decision to keep Spain on the Amber List could be motivated by “political” or “economic” motives.
Its conviction was only reinforced by the place of Gibraltar on the green list.
“Gibraltar is attached to Spain with thousands of Spaniards and expatriates crossing this border every day to work in Gibraltar.
So if Spain is on the Amber List then it does not make any logical sense or reason why Gibraltar is on the Green List unless its political and economic policies are aimed at boosting the UK economy. “
Having traveled previously, in accordance with applicable testing and quarantine rules imposed by the traffic light system, Ms Taylor said security would not be an obstacle to preventing her from returning to Spain.
“If you go to the beaches and bigger places in the summer like Andalusia, then I don’t really see the problem if you take the precautions and are safe,” she said.
Ms Taylor added: “My last travel note is why bother with a vaccine if we still can’t travel?”