The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set the date of 19 July for the UK to ease its Covid-19 control restrictions. And, anticipating some return to ‘normality', the hotel sector on the Costa del Sol is hopeful that the British tourists will soon start heading to the coast in greater numbers again.
Before the key date, however, the UK will again review its ‘safe travel’ traffic light system which places the coast at ‘amber’. The British government still recommends not going to amber-list countries and, if you do go, you must take a Covid test before returning, quarantine and then take two more tests.
But there are suggestions that the UK's quarantine requirement for amber list countries could be lifted if passengers have been fully-vaccinated. And it gives some hope to hoteliers on the Costa del Sol, who are anxiously awaiting the return of holidaymakers from their largest international market.
“Although it is late, it could give a boost to the hotels and apartments that rely on British tourists,” said José Luque, the head of Aehcos, the hoteliers association on the Costa del Sol.
“If the British Government lifts restrictions on 19 July it would be a relief for the recovery of coast, and would be great news for many of our establishments,” he added.
He pointed out that in 2019 some 25.9 per cent of overnight stays in the region, more than 6.6 million, were from British tourists.
At the moment, 28.6 per cent of the hotels in Malaga province are still closed, but Aehcos estimates that if the British holidaymakers return the process of reopening establishments will accelerate, and some of the 6,000 workers still furloughed under the ERTE scheme could return to their jobs.