Spain plans to lift its requirement for British holidaymakers to present a negative coronavirus PCR test upon arrival from May 20.

Plans to change the PCR condition form part of a broader revision of EU regulations on non-essential travel.

It means British tourists could step foot on Spanish soil from May 20 with a negative PCR test despite Spain not being on the UK government green travel list - the Telegraph reports.

Following a weekly cabinet meeting, Spain's tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto said the lifting of entry requirements “will allow the opening of the British market so they can come to Spain.”

She added: “They (UK tourists) could come from May 20 onwards without a PCR if the incidence rates are below the range currently under review, which is around 50" cases per 100,000 people, Maroto said.

She also stressed that Spain must bring down its own infection rate to encourage the British government to lift restrictions on returning travellers.

Britain will allow international travel to resume from May 17 after months of banning most trips abroad, but Spain is not included in its so-called "green list" of safe destinations.

That means Britons returning from a trip to Spain would have to self-isolate on arrival for 10 days and take two COVID-19 tests.

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Reyes Maroto added: “Spain is exercising a very active role within the European Union and campaigning for the updating of the restrictions on non-essential trips from outside the EU. The changes that are being discussed at the moment are going to mean tourists will be able to travel to Spain from the UK from May 20,”

“We know what we have to do to allow British people to travel to Spain, which is to lower the cumulative incidence and keep on vaccinating."