Spain plans to reopen to Brits in June
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There is more good news for travellers looking to visit Europe this summer.
Spain has announced it will reopen to international visitors starting in June. Eligible travellers must be able to show digital proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or that they recently recovered from the virus.
Spain will be taking part in a pilot program for the EU’s digital COVID-19 health certificate in May, with the goal of implementing it from June for when tourist arrivals resume.
Tourists will have to show proof of vaccination, that they have tested negative if they have not yet received the vaccine or that they have recently recovered from COVID-19.
England Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Wednesday that the country will use the standard NHS app as its formal digital vaccine passport. It remains to be seen if it will be accepted by destination countries.
According to the Telegraph, Fernando Valdes Verelst, the Spanish tourism minister, said his country is pushing to make its digital passport “mutually recognized.”
“Spain is going to be ready in June to use this digital certificate,” Valdes Verelst said. “We are doing a pilot program in May, in all our 46 airports. We are going to give all these travellers that certainty. Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travellers worldwide that you can visit us.”
Along with the vaccine rollout, digital certificates are seen as crucial for the resumption of summer travel. According to the Spanish news agency Europa Press, the country’s Secretary of State for tourism said the digital COVID-19 passports offer “a degree of certainty” for travellers.
Tourism is incredibly important for Spain’s financial health, accounting for about 12% of its GDP, which is why vaccination efforts are so important.
Currently, about 23% of residents have received the first dose, with 8% of the country’s 47 million residents being fully vaccinated. Government officials have said the goal is to have 70% of its people fully vaccinated by the end of summer.
Travel is still off the cards for Brits until at least 17 May. When travel does resume, it will take the form of a traffic light system based on the country’s risk category: red, amber or green. It’s not yet known if Spain will get an amber or green designation — we should know more in early May.
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