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Spain to let travelers from UK, Japan in without a PCR test from May 24

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what could possibly go wrong? dear oh dear! (ー△ー;)

8 ( +13 / -5 )

What is Spain doing? Have they not heard the news that Japan is a COVID hell right now and a very slow vaccination pace?

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Why does Japan always get a pass?

No one here is vaccinated. They're not even testing people unless it's dire.

Why on earth would you let people living in Japan to travel without a PCR test?? Ridiculous.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Holy Cow!! Does Spain know what is actually happening right now in Japan? I saw this on the news last night (in Japanese) and I though since Japanese is not my first language I probably misunderstood.

I guess not.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Unlikely there will be many Japanese travellers to Spain. They will still need to quarantine on return.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Looks like Japan got Spain fooled with their inaccurate numbers.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Japan has a massive network backed by financial resources to lobby officials globally and portray a certain image about them. Only the people that live or lived in Japan know the truth.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

This seems a decision not based on rational thinking or available evidence, Spain is willing to take this big risk so I really hope it turns out well, even if it doesn't seem like it.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Geez some officials must have got healthy little brown envelopes or something to let anyone in from Japan where Covid is ripe and raging is just nuts...then there is the Olympics that nobody wants....

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Seems they seriously need tourists. UK citizens probably have little to worry about now but Japanese citizens aren't vaccinated yet so I doubt many will come

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I understand the UK tourists with vaccinations there well advanced, but Japan? geez Espana send some investigative reporters on the ground to Japan to open your eyes to the true corona situation here, dont blindly believe the bs numbers J-govt gives you via their Madrid embassy.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I know where I'm going on holiday now...

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Spain, which was wiped on the ground with this disease, is just letting coronians go in and out without knowing. Got a winner for a govt. there, Spaniards.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Why? (Scratching head here....)

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Can we get our vaccine in Spain? Certainly wouldn't mind a trip to the Canaries and returning vaccinated would be wonderful.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

As everyone has said above, would could possibly go wrong. I can understand Spain (to a certain extent) allowing Brits, Ozzies, etc into their country with minimal checks because those countries have either vaccinated a lot of their people or they have the pandemic under control. But it's absolutely crazy to invite people from Japan where hardly anyone is vaccinated and the pandemic is still a big problem (and massively underestimated). There is also this Japanese variant (shusshhhh). Yeah, what could possibly go wrong, indeed!

Anyway, can't wait for Japan to reciprocate. Oh wait.....

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Reuters

April 5, 2021

11:53 PM JST

The true extent of the mutant cases is unknown, as only a small fraction of positive COVID-19 cases undergo the genomic study necessary to find the variants.

A health ministry report last week showed 678 cases of variants from Britain, South Africa, and Brazil had been discovered nationwide and at airports, with the biggest clusters in Osaka and nearby Hyogo prefecture

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So the UK has about 2000 cases a day, 7 deaths, a day and falling,

Japan has over 5000 cases (official count), over 100 deaths a day, and not falling.

Yes, that sounds like a totally rational decision, Spain!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

as_the_crow_flies:

Precisely! I can't help but think money was involved here.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Talk about bad life choices......good luck Spain.

Hopefully you don’t get the chin warming “men” and stubborn ossan’s on those flights.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

For Germany, UK is because of the spreading of the Indian virus mutante from Sunday on a VOC area. Entry from UK will be restricted.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

So how many Japanese will have holidays long enough to visit Spain and then quarantine for another TWO weeks on return to Japan. Not many that's for sure.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Oh Spain... Japan is probably one of the last countries you should allow in without a PCR test. I mean, we're talking about a country that can't hardly get its vaccine program off the ground what with online appointment systems crashing and phone lines always being busy etc. Less than, what, 4% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated so far? Yeah, you might want to reconsider this offer, Spain...

4 ( +4 / -0 )

There is little danger to Spain as the UK has passed herd immunity by now.

For the younger UK residents carrying an infection from Spain might be a possibility

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

To allow Japanese into Spain without any testing would be foolish though...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

UK herd immunity would need 60-70% of the population fully vaccinated. Herd immunity will be impossible to achieve.

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There are over 50 million people in the UK with at least one shot already-the UK has long passed herd immunity Zichi

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

There are over 50 million people in the UK with at least one shot already-the UK has long passed herd immunity

And this herd immunity is like a traffic light that you sail through, and it's all plain sailing off into the sunset then? Yeah, right. Strange how no medical experts, no press outlets, not even some government numpty in the UK seems to share your confidence.

In fact they're getting the serious wobbles about the wisdom of opening up too fast. Perhaps you'd better drop them a line that everything's just peachy.

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Dominic Cummings, one-time senior adviser to Boris Johnson and now a perpetual thorn in the U.K. prime minister's side, claimed the government pursued a policy of herd immunity to combat the coronavirus, while launching personal attacks against Johnson and his health secretary, Matt Hancock.

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