The beaches are open and ready for visitors in Spain : Photo Emerge
THE beaches in #Spain are open for tourist to enjoy the sunny weather.
As coronavirus restrictions lift — Holidayers celebrated in sunny #Spain today after being allowed into the country for the first time in months.
Tourists flying to the Costa Blanca said they were looking forward to hitting the beach in soaring temperatures as they got off their planes.
Ben Seager, who enjoyed an emotional reunion with his British expat mum Sue, said: “The beach is right next door to where my mum lives and I’ll be working on my tan while I’m here.
“I had a flight booked for the start of July but a seat on this flight became available at the last minute and I went for it” — Seager the 38-year-old Londoner, studying to become a black cab driver, added.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez confirmed late yesterday British travelers would not be made to quarantine despite the UK still making people arriving self-isolate.
Minister Arancha said she was lifting the threat of quarantine out of “respect” for the 410,000 Brits who own a second home here.
Spain is not making travellers have Covid-19 tests but are testing their temperatures using infra-red cameras as part of a triple check which also involves recording their holiday addresses so they can easily locate and track them if necessary.
They received around 100 flights from the EU today.
THE ONLY REAL CHANGES
Apart from the face-masks we had to wear and the fact you had to request a trip to the toilet and be escorted by an air stewardess so there was no queueing, it was all pretty normal.
“We got put in a sort of cattle grid-area when we got off the plane so they could take our temperatures and the passport control queue was longer than I’ve ever seen it because people were spaced out with social distancing.
“People were having breakfast baguettes on the plane and soft drinks. That was the only time I saw people taking off their face masks.”
Sue, 68, a widowed mum lives near Adra in Almeria revealed : “We normally meet up every three months and this is Ben’s first visit since January.
“I’ve been on my own now for a few years since my husband died. I’ve spoken to my son on the phone most days but it’s been frustrating not being able to see him.”
SUNSEEKERS ADVENTURE| THE beaches in #Spain
Spaniards living in Britain and returning to see loved ones outnumbered UK sunseekers on Ryanair flight FR8162 from London Stansted to Malaga.
But the handful of Brits on the plane admitted they were delighted at being able to travel freely again, even though all the airport cafes and bars including one just outside the arrivals lounge are still closed.
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We booked the flight last minute when we found out we could travel, The flight cost 260 pounds, Georgina White, 35, who travelled to Spain with son Damien, eight, and seven-month-old daughter Pollyanna to see an expat friend in Marbella, added.
“I don’t worry too much about anything in life to be honest and in any case my friend has been telling me the lockdown in Spain has been a lot stricter than it has been in England and things are more or less back to normal now.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the beach and the bars.“I haven’t booked a return yet so I’m not sure how long I’ll stay.”
“I’ve just come out for three days with a view to maybe relocating here in the future but I’ll make sure I find time to go to the beach– Simon Crow, 50, from Barnes, London, added.
“The last time I was here was for a short golfing holiday about seven years ago and it feels good to be back.
I bought my ticket on Monday and it only cost me £118, I was surprised at how full the plane was. “I’ll have to self-isolate when I fly back home but I felt it was worth coming“.”
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At the moment, anyone returning from Spain will need to quarantine for 14-days when they land back in the UK.
But Spain has pushed for the creation of an “air bridge” between the two countries, to allow both nations to freely travel.
There are hopes that the UK will be able to formally announce an “air bridges” policy at the next review period – which is this week.
Beatriz Galindo 29, Spanish architect , who has lived in the UK for the past two years, said after an emotional reunion with sister Maria and mum Beatriz.
“Some people took their face masks off on the flight and the air stewardesses were having to remind them to put them back on.
“I had been trying to get back to see my family earlier but had to change the date because before today I wouldn’t have been let in.”
UK-based nurse Jose Juarez, 29, who flew to his native Malaga for a two-week trip to see family with partner Angela Lorenzo, 27, added– “I’d say the flight was 90 per cent Spanish and the Brits were mostly traveling on their own and looked like holiday home owners rather than your typical tourists who are going to be staying in hotels.
“But today showed Spain is starting to open back up after what has been a very tough lockdown.”
The Ryanair flight was one of two due to reach Malaga from the UK today.
Traditionally flights to and from the UK make up nearly 40 per cent of the Costa del Sol’s overall traffic.