The second most-visited country in the world, Spain has reopened its borders as the three-month state of emergency declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.

The tourism industry makes up about 12% of the country’s GDP, and it opened its borders to EU countries and those in the Schengen area on Sunday. British visitors no longer need to undergo 14 days of quarantine on arrival, and its government has called on the UK government to reciprocate.

The foreign minister said she hoped the British authorities would also be consider to the 250,000 Spaniards living in the UK who would like to enter the UK without a quarantine.

Masks will remain mandatory in public places where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres is not possible.

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