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Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions on British tourists

Tourists enjoy the beach as mobile vaccination points for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are installed by the Spanish Ministry of Health of Valencia in Benidorm, Spain Nov. 17, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Manez

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MADRID, Nov. 27 (Reuters) – British tourists will only be allowed to enter Spain from next month if they can prove they have had a COVID-19 vaccination, according to a Spanish government bulletin published on Saturday, as the country tightened travel restrictions from concerns about the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

So far, Britons have been allowed to enter Spain if they could show they had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or a negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before arrival.

“The appearance of new variants that cause (coronavirus) forces an increase in restrictions,” the announcement said in the Bulletin of State.

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The new measure will take effect from Wednesday 1 December.

“This will affect British residents, but not British people living in Spain,” said a spokeswoman for Spain’s industry, trade and tourism.

About 300,000 Britons live in Spain, making it the largest group of British citizens in Europe outside of Great Britain.

Spain restricted flights from South Africa and Botswana on Friday after similar decisions by other European governments.L8N2SH3F2

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Reporting by Graham Keeley Editing by Frances Kerry

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