British hopes of a holiday in Spain this summer could be saved by 6,000 German tourists due to jet into the country this month.

The Spanish government has confirmed that a pilot test scheme to bring the tourists to the Balearic Islands has been given the green light.

The Germans will arrive from mid-June to test coronavirus protocols and if successful will enable Spain to open up its borders to foreign tourism from July.

The UK had been told by the Spanish government that its coronavirus infection rate needed to improve before Brits were allowed to visit.

Balearic tourism minister Iago Negueruela revealed that 4,000 Germans will be hosted in Mallorca, 1,000 on Menorca and 1,000 will go to Ibiza and Formentera

However, yesterday the government gave a glimmer of hope by saying they were “itching” to welcome back UK holidaymakers and is confident it will be "very soon".

Now the summer Spain holiday hopes of millions of Brits are partly in the hands of our sunbed arch rivals - notorious for getting up at the crack of dawn and draping their towels over hotel loungers.

Balearic tourism minister Iago Negueruela revealed that 4,000 Germans will be hosted in Mallorca, 1,000 on Menorca and 1,000 will go to Ibiza and Formentera.

Mr Negueruela said that the finer details of the pilot scheme were still being finished but revealed that those taking part would have their temperature taken upon arrival into the country and would be required to fill out a health questionnaire.

They must also provide the address of where they are staying.

On Mallorca tourists will stay at four hotels - two in Platja de Palma and two in Alcúdia.

Mr Negueruela said: "We care about their health, but we also care about where they will be located in case we need to contact them."