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UK Government caves in to Ex Pat pressure as need to...

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From 4am on Monday morning, anyone entering England from either the EU or the USA will no longer need to quarantine provided they can...

Costa Blanca long-awaited summer holiday back on track

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By Andrew Atkinson Spain's long-awaited summer holiday boom is back on track on the Costa Blanca - aided by the UK 'Freedom Day' which began...

First international cruise ship for 16 months arrives in Cartagena

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The Port of Cartagena welcomed the first international cruise ship of the post-covid era, the AIDA Perla on Wednesday, which arrived from Malaga as...

All Aboard as cruises return to Alicante and Cartagena ports

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By Andrew Atkinson The Cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 docked in Cartagena port on June 19 after months of inactivity, due to Covid-19, with 900...

UK Government studies removing quarantine for vaccinated tourists

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One small grain of sand as the UK government, under pressure from its own tourism industry, is considering the future lifting of restrictions on...

Mojácar Council launches “Feel again” campaign to attract national tourism

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The beaches, the village, the cultural and sports offer, along with the charm of the locality, stars of the promotional initiative. While Mojácar is...

Puig announces funds for a thousand Beach assistants

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Community President, Ximo Puig, has announced that he will provide the funding to hire 1,000 attendants who will help to provide a "maximum security"...

Torrevieja and Vega Baja local news bites

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The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, accompanied by the president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, announced this morning at the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR) that the Regional Government has declared the Torrevieja Carnival a FIESTA OF AUTONOMOUS TOURIST INTEREST. The mayor has shown his satisfaction and thanked the heads of tourism of …

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British tourists may travel to the Costa Blanca without PCR tests

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The Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has announced that starting next week, UK travellers arriving in Spain will no longer need to present proof...

The Costa Blanca jewel of Javea

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By Linda Bentley Less than 2 hours north (90 minutes on the motorway and 30 minutes going through small villages on scenic roads) you arrive...

Let’s go for tapas in Torrevieja

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The Councillor for Commerce and Hospitality of the Torrevieja City Council, Rosario Martínez, together with the president of the Association of Hospitality Companies of Torrevieja and Comarca (AEHTC), Joaquín Guillamó, and the member of the Board of Directors of the association and Ignacio Pastor, have presented the 6th Edition “Nos vamos de tapas”, which will …

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Spain To Lift Entry Ban From UK On March 30th

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Spain will on March 30th lift restrictions on arrivals from Britain that have been in place since December to prevent the spread of new coronavirus strains, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said today, Tuesday. Passengers traveling to Spain from the UK will have to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel. Restrictions …

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Spain hopes number of foreign tourists return to half pre-pandemic levels

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By Andrew Atkinson Spain hopes the number of foreign tourists visiting the country can return this year to half pre-pandemic levels, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto...

American Airlines Restarting Multiple Transatlantic Routes Including Madrid And Barcelona

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In encouraging news for international travel, American Airlines is increasing its Summer schedule by restarting ten routes to the US from airports in the UK and Europe. These include flights from major travel hubs including Barcelona El Prat, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid Barajas, Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome Fiumicino. As part …

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Vaccinated Brits could spend £10b – if Spain introduces Vaccine Passport...

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By Andrew Atkinson Vaccinated Britons could spend over £10billion if Spain introduces a Vaccine Passport Scheme for the 2021 summer. Travel remains banned to and from...

Ryanair Adds New Greece Routes

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With UK travellers welcome in Greece from mid-May, demand for summer holidays has spiked. Ryanair hopes to meet that demand, and announced three new Greece routes set to begin on 1 July, as well as extra frequencies on other sunshine routes to Greece. The budget airline is launching flights from Stansted Airport to Santorini, Zakynthos …

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France Eases Travel Restrictions From The UK And Six Other Countries

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France is easing restrictions on travel to and from seven non-EU countries, including the UK. France placed restrictions on non-essential travel outside the EU at the end of January due to the emergence of Covid-19 variants. Now travel is allowed to and from Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, as well as the …

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Ministers Urged To Stick To May 17 Deadline For Restarting International...

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Ministers are being urged to maintain the May 17 deadline for the resumption of international travel as laid out in the government’s Covid-19 roadmap. A delay to the restart date will see airlines and airports continue to suffer, the government has been warned. MPs on the Commons transport committee said that the initial target date …

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Ryanair Rolls Out Covid-19 Travel Wallet

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Ryanair has officially launched its Covid-19 Travel Wallet, where customers can upload details of Covid documents such as negative PCR tests, vaccination certificates. The budget carrier, which has already said it would roll out such a system, said the wallet is only available in the Ryanair app. The UK government’s Global Travel Taskforce is discussing whether …

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4 Things You Have To Do When You’re In North Wales

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North Wales is home to some of the most gorgeously rugged scenery in the UK, and it’s well worth a visit. You might not...

The worst year for tourism in the Region

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Crisis. The engine room of the Valencian economy lost more than 11,000 million in 2020. It already considers that Holy Week is ruined,...

Andalucía Introduces Covid-19 Insurance For Tourists

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Andalucía is to offer Covid-19 travel insurance to international visitors staying in regulated accommodation this year. The region, one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations among Brits, has introduced its International Travel Insurance for non-resident travellers, which will be in place until December 31, 2021. Cover includes medical, surgical and hospital expenses related to Covid, …

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Spain Considers Offering Restriction-Free Entry for Vaccinated Brits

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Spain’s government has unfolded its plans to create a “green corridor” for all citizens of the United Kingdom who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus if the European Union fails to reach an agreement on vaccination documents. Spain’s Tourism Minister Fernando Valdés has confirmed that the country is seeking to reach a mutual agreement with …

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TUI Cancels All Holidays From UK

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Travel and tourism firm TUI has announced it is cancelling all holidays from the UK until mid-May amid ongoing coronavirus restriction across the country. The news comes as leaders of the devolved nations begin plans to lead the UK out of lockdown. Under current plans, 17 May is being targeted as the earliest possible date for foreign travel …

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Spain Contemplates Bilateral Deals If EU Can´t Agree On Vaccine Certificates

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Spain will consider a “green corridor” for vaccinated British tourists if there is no EU agreement on vaccination passports, the country’s tourism minister has said, as the European commission prepared to table a proposal for leaders this month. Fernando Valdés said his government would seek to find agreement on a common system among the 27 member states …

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The Costa Blanca reopens to the British market.

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For the last 12 months, Benidorm, Britain’s mecca in the sunshine, has been totally devoid of travellers from the UK. Now, the British government...

Easter holidays ‘written-off’ by Ximo Puig, President of the Generalitat

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Quote: 'National trips cannot recommence at Easter' - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto By Andrew Atkinson Easter holidays have been 'written-off' due...

Jet2 boost for Alicante-Elche airport

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By Andrew Atkinson Following the announcement that Spain's tourism industry lost 20m tourists last year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, a good news boost has...

Torrevieja City Council instal ‘welcome’ Torrevieja signs

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By Andrew Atkinson Torrevieja City Council has completed the installation of a 'welcome' to Torrevieja in situ at a roundabout on the CV-905. The Torrevieja signs...

Coronavirus in Spain hits community tourism industry €685m

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By Andrew Atkinson The coronavirus outbreak has cost the Spain community tourism industry financially to the tune of €685m with the no show of foreign...