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Spain eases travel rules so unvaccinated British teens can visit

Spain has eased travel rules to allow unvaccinated children and teens to enter, in a huge boost for the holiday season.

Currently, everyone over 12 has to be double jabbed to enter Spain.

This was causing a blocker for British families with children aged 12-17 who haven’t yet had both doses.

Now, children aged 12-17 from the UK who have not been vaccinated against Covid will be allowed into Spain from Monday, providing they present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Secretary of State for tourism Fernando Valdés confirmed the measure to the BBC.

Some families had already cancelled half-term holidays to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands because their children had not yet had their second jab.

Spain will still require everyone aged 18 and over to prove they’ve had both jabs to enter the country.

Adults must be vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival in Spain.

If more than 270 days have passed since vaccination, proof of a booster jab is also required.

The change comes in time for the February half term, which starts on Monday in England.

Currently, face masks remain mandatory in outdoor spaces but these are also set to be relaxed in time for the peak travel season.

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