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Spain will be ready to receive international tourists with a 'Covid passport' from June

Spain will participate in a digital certificate pilot test is May. File photograph.
Spain will participate in a digital certificate pilot test is May. File photograph. / EFE
  • The Secretary of State for Tourism, speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council summit, confirms that the digital certificate will be ready by then and Spain will run a pilot test in May

Spain's Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, has set a date for the long-awaited return of international tourists to the country.

Valdés has announced that from June, Spain will be ready to receive international tourists because the European digital green certificate - the 'Covid passport' - will be available.

At the annual summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the Secretary of State assured that from now on there will be more and more positive news coming out. As a result, he looks at the future of the tourism sector "with more optimism", he said.

Even so, he explained that the digital certificate "is not a magic wand", but it gives certainty and provides security, because a tourist knows that they will be able to travel if they are vaccinated, have a negative coronavirus test if they are not immunised or have recovered from the disease.

Valdés said that Spain will participate in a pilot test of this tool in May, "and in June will be ready to receive travellers" in safety.

In addition, at the meeting that brings together more than 600 representatives of tourism from 20 countries, Valdés expressed his joy at the "excellent news" made by the president of the European Commission last Monday that fully vaccinated American tourists will be able to enter the European Union this summer.

For her part, the president and CEO of the WTTC, Gloria Guevara, said she was convinced that tourism will emerge stronger from this crisis and, to accelerate its recovery, highlighted the need for unity and doubling of efforts "by lifting travel restrictions and increasing the vaccination rate”.