Spain, a country that relies heavily on tourism, has announced that it plans to reopen this spring and enjoy a more normal summer season.
This is due to its constant progression towards the vaccination of its population. The specific objective is to start the reopening for tourism as soon as 30-40% of Spaniards have been vaccinated, said Reyes Maroto, the country’s minister of Tourism.
According to El Español, an online newspaper in Spain, all Spaniards aged 45 and over and some under that age will be vaccinated by July.
Spain will receive 5 million doses of Pfizer in April, which will be added to the doses of AstraZeneca, Jansen and Moderna. youSo far, 4.8 million doses have been administered in Spain, with 1.4 million Spaniards fully vaccinated.
This country has been pushing for the European Union to adopt health passports, which indicate whether a traveler has ever been ill with the COVID-19 virus, did a COVID-19 test and what the result was and whether they were vaccinated against it.
Regardless of whether the EU adopts a health passport, Spain is trying to introduce a vaccine passport into its country, said Maroto. “We want to be pioneers and we are the most active champions of digital vaccine passports to facilitate international mobility.”
The Balearic Islands, which are home to the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, would like to be the first to receive visitors through a pilot vaccine passport scheme. This takes precedence, as this region was reopened to German tourists before the rest of Spain did, after a three-month blockade period in 2020.
Maroto also specifically mentioned British tourists, telling them to “keep their expectations regarding their holidays in Spain (this summer). We look forward to welcoming you again. ”
Currently, Spain’s borders are open to the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area, as well as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay.
However, those from other places will have some restrictions or requirements or be completely prohibited from entering. For example, those in the United States cannot enter unless they meet strictly focused requirements; tourism is not one of them.
Those who can visit Spain must also ensure that they meet the requirements set out on the Spain Travel Health portal. In addition, those from “Risk” countries must provide a negative PCR test result from a test that has been done within 72 hours of departure for Spain.