Spain holidays are OVER as thousands of Brits cancel their breaks to Benidorm and the Canaries

Spain holidays are OVER as thousands of Brits cancel their breaks to Benidorm and the Canaries

12/17/2021

THOUSANDS of Brits have cancelled their holidays to popular Spanish hotspots due to Covid travel rules.

Benidorm, Murcia and the Canary Islands have been hit with hotel cancellations as Brits make last-minute holiday changes.

The destinations are usually popular with Brits hoping to spend Christmas in the sun, but Covid travel rules in both Spain and the UK make it difficult for some families to get away.

To enter Spain, all travellers aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated against Covid, with their second dose at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Teens in the UK may not have had the opportunity to get their second vaccine due to the country's vaccine schedule.

So families with kids under 18 might not meet the requirements to enter the country.

Additionally, all travellers returning to the UK must take a pre-departure test, which can cost as much as £100pp – boosting the price of a holiday for a family of four by £400.

Brits must also do a PCR test when they arrive back in the country, and self-isolate until they get their result, adding additional cost and time to the trip.

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Spanish hoteliers have slammed the UK government for introducing "incoherent" Covid measures which are damaging the industry.

Jorge Marichal, president of The Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (Cehat) has spoken out.

He told Spanish newspaper Murcia Today: "We do not understand these inconsistent measures that seriously harm a sector that has had an exemplary attitude and constant cooperation throughout the pandemic.

"We do not understand why common sense is not applied and the same protocols are established for all children and families who wish to travel to our country this Christmas."

The HOSBEC hotel association, which manages hotels across Benidorm, said many of them have been forced to close due to the cancelled reservations.

General secretary Nuria Montez told the Olive Press: "Mobility is very complicated due to Spanish and UK rules.

"Very few British people are arriving and that's forcing the closure of many hotels."

British airlines are offering rock bottom prices on flights to Spain as the industry tries to claw back some business.

Wizz Air is offering £18 flights from Gatwick to Lanzarote, while Ryanair has £29 flights to Spain, including routes from Newquay to Malaga and Glasgow to Alicante.

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