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Tourists at the airport on the Costa del Sol in July

Tourists at Costa del Sol airport in July – Spain is now set to ban unvaccinated Britons from visiting (Photo: Getty)

Spain has announced that it will not admit unvaccinated British visitors from Wednesday due to concerns about the new Covid variant.

The popular resort has tightened the rules just before the Christmas holidays were due to begin.

In the past, people were admitted to Spain with evidence of a negative test result, even though they had not been stabbed.

But now only the vaccinated are now allowed to visit in an attempt to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

Two cases of the new strain were detected in England on Saturday, while other European countries have also confirmed that the mutant strain has spread.

‘The emergence of new variants that cause (coronavirus) obliges an increase in restrictions,’ with regard to people from Britain and Northern Ireland, said a Spanish government bulletin.

“This will affect British residents, but not Britons living in Spain,” said a spokeswoman for Spain’s industry, trade and tourism.

The new measure will enter into force on 1 December.

Tourists arrive at Ibiza Airport on the island of Ibiza on August 11, 2017. Known as much as a wild party island as a tranquil retreat of turquoise blue water, Ibiza has grown in popularity over the years.  But behind the sea, sun, dance and yachts lurk a serious problem of tourism overcrowding that prevents many locals from finding cheap accommodation.  / AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA / AFP via Getty Images)

Destinations like Ibiza will be banned for the unvaccinated (Photo: Getty)

About 300,000 Britons reside in Spain, making it the largest group of British nationals in Europe outside the UK.

It comes after Spain on Friday restricted flights from South Africa and Botswana following similar decisions by other European governments.

Countries are struggling to keep the variant out due to fears that it may be more resistant to vaccines.

Much of Europe has already struggled with a sharp rise in cases in recent weeks.

MALAGA, SPAIN - JULY 1: Arrival of tourists at the Costa del Sol airport on July 1, 2021 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Zea / Europa Press via Getty Images)

Travel becomes more difficult again due to the spread of a new Covid strain (Image: Getty)

The Netherlands has confirmed that a further 13 new cases of the variant were discovered among passengers on a flight back from South Africa.

On Saturday, Israel discovered its first case and then became the first nation in the world to ban all foreign visitors.

Switzerland has introduced new rules, which means that travelers from the UK, Czech Republic, the Netherlands must present proof of a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said that although no cases have yet been confirmed in France, “it is a matter of hours”, given that omicron infections have been reported in several neighboring countries. “It is likely that there are currently cases in circulation,” he said during a visit to a Parisian vaccination center.

Many health executives have said it is inevitable that the strain will spread worldwide, but it is hoped that a delay in transmission will help doctors understand more about how dangerous the variant actually is.

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