Spain opens up to vaccinated tourists from 7 June - regardless of where they are from

Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez this Friday.
Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez this Friday. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • PM Pedro Sánchez made the surprise announcement at the Fitur international tourism fair in Madrid, this Friday

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, has said that Spain will allow the entry of vaccinated tourists, and their families, from 7 June, regardless of the place of origin.

As an example that this will mean the return of US tourists.

"The tourism sector deserves some good news," said Sánchez before also announcing that as of Monday, Spain is expanding the number of countries on the list where restrictions have been lifted to allow travel to Spanish destinations.

These are ten important markets for tourism industry such as the United Kingdom (although the British Government still imposes a quarantine upon return from their stay), China, Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand and Rwanda.

"As of Monday, they are travellers who will be able to visit Spain without restrictions or health requirements," said the prime minister.

He added that travellers from countries that are still in orange or red Covid-19 zones will also be able to enter Spain from 7 June with a negative PCR test or with a certificate of being vaccinated with a formula recognised by European Medicines Agency (EMA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mobility between the EU countries will also be guaranteed from 1 July with the European Covid Certificate, which received the green light this Thursday in Brussels. “It is not a passport, it is an instrument that facilitates and speeds up mobility between EU countries. It is implanted with a QR code that shows if the person is vaccinated, immune or has a negative test. It is free and will be issued by the regions,” detailed Sánchez, who has insisted that this gives certainty to the tourism sector and the public.

The PM is confident that this summer tourist destinations will recover between 30 and 41 per cent of the international tourism that they registered before the pandemic, which he has pointed out will mean the arrival of between 8.5 and ten million tourists foreigners this high season.

"We hope to close 2021 recovering between 60 and 70 per cent of the visitors who arrived before this health crisis," he declared.