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Quarantine Quarrel puts Brakes on Brits

Don’t pack your bags just yet.

Spain may be opening its borders to international tourists on June 21, but British tourists may be forced to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

The impasse comes after Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya told the BBC that the government was considering maintaining a quarantine period if the British government did not lift the same requirement for Spanish tourists.

“We will be in dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures from the rest of the EU” she said.

Yesterday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the quarantine “We don’t want to re-import the disease just at the moment when we’ve really go it under control in this country. But we’re certainly looking at air bridges and ways to ensure that people can safely go on holiday, eventually”, he said.

British Heath Secretary Matt Hancock commented the measures were to “Protect us from countries where the rate of infection is much higher”.

Yesterday the UK reported 233 deaths, while Spain confirmed 25 fatalities over the past seven days.

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