British tourists in Spain will face £50,000 fine if caught without new Covid document

Omicron: International travel restrictions criticised by expert

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Britons heading to the Balearic islands between December 4 and January 24 will be banned from large pubs and restaurants if they don’t have the pass. The Covid passport is already required for nightclubs and care homes on the islands.

The Balearic Government is asking the Supreme Court to endorse the proposed rules due to an increase in Covid cases.

British tourists who fail to provide the document or use a fake Covid passport will face a fine of up to €60,000 (£50,977).

The Covid certificate will be required to enter venues where celebrations are held for more than 50 people with food or dancing.

It will also be required for cocktail bars, cafes, concerts, pubs and restaurants with capacity for over 50 people.

The rule will also cover bars and restaurants located in tourist accommodation such as hotels.

Government spokesperson, Iago Negueruela said the owner of the establishment will need to check everyone has the Covid certificate.

The island of Mallorca has already seen protests over the introduction of the Covid certificate.

Protesters have said requiring a pass to enter bars and restaurants is “unconstitutional” and “illegal”.

Mallorca is currently at level one alert but if the island goes up another level, a Covid pass would also be required for hostels where tourists share a room.

Negueruela said: “Failure to comply with the regulations carries penalties. It is the obligation of businesses to control access to their premises.

“Only in this way will we achieve safer premises and avoid new restrictions.”

Tourists will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated against Covid, recovered from the disease or submit a negative PCR test to qualify for the certificate.

From December 1, unvaccinated Britons over the age of 12 will be banned from Spain as the country deals with the threat of the Omicron variant.

The rule has caused chaos for British families as many over 12s will not have the chance to be fully vaccinated.

Only children under the age of 12 will be exempt from Spain’s new vaccination entry rule.

Spain confirmed its first case of Omicron after a passenger who arrived on November 28 tested positive.

It is not yet known how dangerous the Omicron variant could be but scientists suspect it will be more transmissible.

British tourists travelling to Spain are advised to check the UK Government website for the latest travel restrictions.

Travellers arriving in the UK from a non-red list country will need to take a PCR test on or before day two after arrival.

They must self-isolate at home until they receive a negative PCR result from the test.

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