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Positive COVID-19 update: The end of the Spanish State of Alarm will see bars and restaurants in Andalucia open until midnight and nightclubs until 2am

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With summer coming up and more people getting vaccinated, Spain is preparing to reopen to visitors.

Beach sunbeds
Beach sunbeds in Spain’s Malaga.

In fact, as of this Sunday, May 9, Andalucia, including the tourist hotspot areas of the Costa del sol, will see bars and restaurants open until midnight and nightclubs until 2am.

Additionally, with less than 48 hours for Spain’s coronavirus state of alarm to expire, Andalucia enters into a so-called ‘transition to a new normality’ where the nighttime curfew in the region will be lifted and social gatherings in private spaces will no longer be regulated.

If everything goes to plan, the transition to a ‘new normality’ will last just over seven weeks and will see the hours of activities and the permitted capacity progressively increased.

By the end of June it is expected that Andalucia will have a summer as close as possible to the one prior to the pandemic, with a similar scenario expected to take place in Mallorca.

Beach chiringuito
Drink at a Spanish beach chiringuito.

In regards to weddings, religious events and civil ceremonies, 50% capacity is already permitted and banquets can have 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors. With the new changes, events will be allowed up to 500 people outdoors and 300 indoors.

Additionally, the number of wedding guests allowed per table has been increased to 8, very much in line with the norm pre-covid.

The good news comes just a week before the UK traffic light system for international travel is put into motion.

Summer favourites such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece are expected to be on the UK’s amber list initially, but will most likely switch to green when the situation is reviewed at a “checkpoint” on June 28.

Furthermore, according to Thomas Cook boss, Alan French, ‘Med Holidays won’t be more expensive this summer.’

Wedding cocktail hour in Spain
Wedding cocktail hour in Spain.

During an interview with Sky News French said: “Hotel prices are probably lower than they’ve been. Airline prices are probably around par, maybe slightly higher than in the past.”

Overall, Sunshine Weddings Spain is pleased to inform that things are looking positive and that an international travel comeback is on the cards.

Charly Cook ice cream at a pool party
Ice cream at a pool party.

Additional information

What are the restrictions to enter Spain?

  • All travelers must complete a Spain Health Control Form, which can be completed via the Spain Travel Health website or app. It will generate a QR code which     must be shown on arrival in the country.
  • Travelers arriving from ‘risk’ countries, based on guidelines from the European     Center for Disease Control (ECDC) for essential reasons must also undertake a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and show proof of a negative result on entry.
    This list of countries changes regularly and should be checked before travel.

On arrival into Spain, travels will undergo a temperature check.

Wedding band in Spain.
Wedding band in Spain.

Current Vaccine situation in Spain:

  • Spain: Nearly 5.7 million people – 12% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, with almost 13 million people – 27.3% of the population, have had at least one dose.
  • Andalucia: 11,7% of the population have been fully vaccinated, 25.7% of the population have had at least one dose.
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca): 9,1% of the population have been fully vaccinated, 22.1% of the population have had at least one dose.

Current coronavirus incidence rate in Spain:

  • Spain: 202 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period.
  • Andalucia: 192,8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period.
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca): 59,2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period.

How will the UK traffic light system work?:

  • Travellers coming from ‘green’ countries will not need to quarantine on their return unless they test positive for coronavirus.
  • Arrivals from ‘amber’ countries will need to quarantine for 10 days     on their return and take two PCR tests.
  • Those returning from a red list country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at an approximate cost of £1,750.

The Sunshine Wedding Spain team will continue to up-date all our bridal couples on the COVID-19 situation in Spain on a regular basis.