Warning to families booking half term holiday in Spain over Covid vaccine rules

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British families planning to travel to Spain in the February half term have been warned over the country’s strict Covid vaccination rules.

The Foreign Office reminded travellers are required to have at least two vaccines when arriving in Spain.

This rule could prove to be a huge disappointment to families with children aged 12 to 15.

Children aged 12 to 15 may not have received both vaccinations against Covid yet.

The government said on its website in a statement: “Tourism: you must show proof of being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified).

“If you’re travelling to Spain for tourism purposes, you cannot use the UK proof of COVID recovery record certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.”

Family holidays have been hit with a wave of cancellations because of the vaccination rules for children in different countries, according to a travel expert.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “The 12 to 17-year-old age group has suffered disproportionately. That’s why so many family holidays have been cancelled.

“It is an age group that has suffered especially in Europe with other countries imposing tougher restrictions on them because they have not been fully vaccinated.”

The warning comes after holidays were given a boost following news Covid tests for vaccinated travellers axed from February 11.

Bookings for half term breaks and Easter holidays soared in the wake of the news which was welcomed by the travel industry giants.

Mainland Spain as well as The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands were “selling strongly”, according to Jet2.

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