Spain will allow vaccinated foreign tourists to visit starting June 7, 2021, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday (21/5), in order to revive the tourism industry in one of the world’s most popular destinations.
“Starting June 7, all vaccinated people and their families will be accepted into our country, Spain, regardless of their country of origin,” Sanchez said at an international tourism fair in Madrid, as quoted by AFP.
He also announced that British travelers will be allowed to visit Spain for holidays starting next week.
“Starting Monday, May 24, Spain will be happy to welcome British tourists again,” said Sanchez, adding that they would be allowed entry “without restriction”.
The official website promoting Spanish tourism confirms that Britons do not even need to show a negative Covid test.
Britain has long been Spain’s biggest tourist market, but during the pandemic, British travelers were only allowed into Spain for visits deemed important.
Britain has meanwhile imposed travel restrictions on travelers from Spain, who must perform a period of quarantine on arrival and test negative for Covid.
Japanese tourists will also be allowed to visit Spain outside of emergency reasons starting Monday, the interior ministry said.
Spain’s announcement comes a day after EU member states struck a deal paving the way for entry rules for those with Covid-19 certificates to open up travel across Europe.
The deal will allow anyone living in 27 EU countries to obtain a digital health permit by the end of June that displays their vaccination status, Covid-19 test results or proof of recovery from Covid-19 infection.
As the second most popular tourist destination in the world after France, Spain recorded 83.5 million foreign tourists in 2019, as quoted from official government records.