There’s lots of exciting news this week for travelers hoping to plan a summer vacation in Europe. Earlier this week, the EU said that it will be reopening to third countries including the U.S., and today Spain announced that it will allow all vaccinated travelers to visit the country from June 7th.
Spain Open For Tourism To All Vaccinated Tourists On June 7th
Speaking at an international tourism fair in Madrid, the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced that all vaccinated travelers will be able to visit Spain as of June 7th.
“From June 7th, all vaccinated people and their families will be welcome in our country, Spain, regardless of their country of origin,” the Prime Minister said.
Low Risk Countries Can Enter May 24th Without A Test
During the announcement, the prime minister said that Spain will allow tourists from 10 non-EU countries deemed low-risk to enter without a negative PCR test. Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel are all included on the list.
Britain is the biggest source of tourism for Spain, and up until now, they have only been allowed in for essential visits.
“They’re welcome – more than welcome – without restrictions nor health controls,” Sanchez told reporters.
What Is Required To Enter Spain?
Travelers must be able to show digital proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof that they recently recovered from the virus.
Vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency for travelers include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
Spain will be taking part in a pilot program for the EU’s digital COVID-19 health certificate this month and aim to have it implemented for the June 7 reopening.
Fernando Valdés Verelst, the Spanish tourism minister, said last month that Spain will be ready to use the digital certificate in June.
“Spain is going to be ready in June to use this digital certificate. We are doing a pilot program in May, in all our 46 airports. We are going to give all these travelers that certainty. Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travelers worldwide that you can visit us.”
Spain Plans To Recover To 70% of Pre-Pandemic Levels By End Of Year
The reopening is being made in an effort to revive Spain’s travel industry which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, like many other destinations around the world.
Spain is the most popular tourist destination in the world after France, receiving over 83 million visitors in 2019. In 2020, that number fell by 80%, leaving its beaches and streets empty. Tourism accounts for about 12% of the country’s GDP, which is why the government has been pushing for vaccination rates to increase.
Currently, about 34% of the countries residents have received at least one dose, but officials said the goal is to have 70% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of summer.
The government expects international tourism levels to reach 70% of their pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year and to see anywhere from 30 to 40% of its pre-pandemic visitation levels this summer.
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