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It’s never been easier for British families to travel to Spain

2 March, 2022

British children aged between 12 and 18 can now travel to Spain without needing to be fully vaccinated, according to a statement published in the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE) on 10 February, which relaxes the restrictions imposed following the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from the end of 2021.

This change will allow British families to spend their holidays in different destinations across Spain without having to get their children vaccinated before travelling. The rest of the health measures will remain in place. Bookings are set to increase with the lifting of this restriction, particularly during the all-important holiday summer season.

The hotel employers’ association CEHAT, which had previously complained about the decision from the health authorities, has welcomed the removal of the need for minors to be fully vaccinated. “The sector understands the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic and has been consistent from the outset with its commitment to dealing with COVID. We have been an example of situation management and have demonstrated it through the development and successful implementation of the sector's COVID protocols”, it noted.

At the same time, the hoteliers' representative body has requested that a ‘flash’ advertising campaign be launched to kickstart travel from the UK to Spain and help recover the cancellations suffered by the sector.