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RockStarAs holidaymakers slowly start to return to Benidorm, with International flights gradually restarting, there is an audible sigh of relief from local businesses who only last month feared that they would be forced to remain shut and write off the rest of the season.

Alicante airportBut from arrival at Alicante airport, be prepared for changes. Everyone will have their temperatures checked with infrared cameras, hand in a locator card and if taking either a taxi or bus to the resort, you will be required to wear a mask, so do not bin the one you wore of the flight over!

Rovers ReturnThe resort is reliant on tourism to survive and many are geared up for the British, who last year made up 41.3% of the market which equated to 4.8million people – only just beaten by the domestic Spanish market at 45%. However, it is the spending power of the British that sustains virtually all of the bars and clubs in the Rincon de Loix area.
TikiAlthough currently only a fraction of them are open, more are likely to follow now that the UK government has unveiled that the 14 day quarantine is scrapped on their return to the UK. But visitors must adhere to the new protocol here – which is very different from what they are probably use to.

Lifeguard with maskMasks… these must be worn when going into shops, restaurants, bars – obviously removed when drinking or eating or walking in the street if you cannot guarantee keeping the required distance from others. In the main, everyone here wears one when going out. If going to the beach you will be required to wear a mask to walk from the promenade onto your plot but can then remove it.

Levante beachAt the moment you do not need to pre-book a space as there are plenty available, but if and when it gets busier you will need to, either via the app or in person at one of the info points along the promenade. The app can be found at www.benidormbeachsafety.es - although not yet operational.


antibac gelHand sanitizing is another new ritual which you will quickly get the hang of too, at the entrance to every establishment including bars and restaurants. Some shops, such as Mercadona and Lidl still also make you put on disposable gloves – which they provide.
Tiki Temperature gunOne popular beachfront bar that you all love is taking the health situation very seriously.

They take your temperature before being allowed in – one person was actually refused entry yesterday as they were over 37 degrees.

Spraying shoesNext, the soles of shoes are sprayed then you are also asked to gel your hands. Upon leaving the table and chairs are all sprayed and wiped down. For us here in Spain, this is our new norm… follow the rules and you will be fine and have a great time. If not, then risk a fine of up to €700.

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-2 #10 Lynne Benali 2020-06-29 13:28
Just booked to go Jet2 July 20
And looking out this window today pissing down I will b glad to go,UK is a joke a the minute
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0 #9 Tracy de Vere 2020-06-29 13:27
if people dont go back there wont be any more holidays ....work home bed work home bed what a great life eh.. shoot me now
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0 #8 Fiona Higgins 2020-06-29 13:26
I know it might sound scilly but wouldn't people's temp be up been in a very hot weather
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+1 #7 Alison Garnett 2020-06-28 09:21
Wouldn’t take the risk this year now !!! Not safe and I would certainly not be comfortable in the current pandemic wouldn’t be good and don’t think enjoyable at all but that’s just my opinion!! Even tho I love Benidorm we were due there in April but got cancelled he ho happy hols next year
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+5 #6 Jamie Piper 2020-06-27 12:13
Save your money Stay home
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+2 #5 Laura Green 2020-06-27 12:11
Can’t wait to come back next year
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+3 #4 Mel Moss Jeffries 2020-06-27 12:09
With so many restrictions here in the UK + the over sanitising from the UK and then in the resort, masks and gloves personally I can’t see many wanting to travel very few hotels are currently open all in all not a great holiday experience
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+3 #3 John Gates 2020-06-27 12:07
No pleasure in a holiday this year am afraid
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0 #2 Beverley Venn 2020-06-27 12:06
Looks to me it's safer there than UK . The whole situation here is embarrassing
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+3 #1 Christine Guy 2020-06-27 12:04
I wonder what would happen if your temperature check at the airport was high.
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