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Britons race to book Spanish holidays

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Spain is reportedly looking to create a ‘green corridor’ with the UK – which would pave the way for tourists to visit the country over the summer.

The Spanish government is said to be locked in talks with UK officials over the idea, which could make it easier to travel between both countries.

A so-called ‘green corridor’ would apply to those who have received their Covid jab.

Spanish Tourism Minister Fernando Valdés is hoping to iron out a common agreement among the other EU nations over vaccine passport proposals.

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But if talks were to break down, Mr Valdés said it would continue talks with the UK, which Spain considers to be its ‘main market’ for tourism.

Speaking to Bloomberg TV, he said: “Right now we have discussions with our colleagues in the UK.

“For us the British market is our main market. But obviously since we are a member of the European Union, the solutions have first to be part of the discussions with the EU.

“And obviously if that cannot be reached, we will be thinking of other corridors like green corridors with third countries that can help us restart tourism flows.”

The Scottish Government has so far remained cagey on the idea of international travel due to the risks posed by new variants of the virus.

Scotland’s National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, has hinted that Scots holidays could be restricted to domestic-only.

Speaking last week, he said: “I think UK travel will be possible in 2021, but I’m not sure when, that will depend on prevalence. Everything depends on prevalence.”

Scotland Clinical Director Jason Leitch is sceptical about allow international holidays in the summer (IMAGE: Glasgow Times)

“The hospitals are still very busy, 10,500 people across the UK admitted in the last seven days. So we’re talking about May, June, July, domestic travel may well be possible.”

He added: “International travel worries me for different reasons because we don’t have any control over what’s happening in the destination.

“You’re going to be careful about what travel corridors might look like.”

Sources: Daily Record

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