Spain will not put any restrictions on tourists arriving from anywhere in the world as of June 7, as long as these have 100% completed their vaccination with doses that are endorsed by the EMA or the WHO. This has been confirmed today in Fitur by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, during the presentation of the digital green certificate that was approved yesterday in Brussels. «As of June 7, tourists from all the countries of the world with which there is not full freedom of movement will be able to enter Spain. From that day on, they are welcome in Spain, regardless of their place of origin ”, he confirmed. In this way, tourists from the US or Latin American countries will be able to come to Spain if they have completed the vaccination.
Likewise, today Spain has published in the BOE that as of next Monday, May 24, tourists coming from United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Macao will be able to come to our country without the need for a PCR. For their part, EU travelers who come from safe territories are not restricted to enter, while those who come from orange, red or dark territories will have to have a negative PCR test at origin or have a complete vaccination. “It is extraordinary news for the tourism sector and fills us with joy after the months we have lived,” explained Sánchez at the stand that Turespaña has in Fitur.
That the British can come to our country without any restrictions is good news for the tourism sector, since it is the first country of origin of international tourists. However, the United Kingdom still has Spain within the amber color at its traffic light, so that every person who comes to our country will have to quarantine for at least five days once they return to their place of origin. A decision that will last until at least the beginning of June, which will be when the British country checks its traffic light again.
This is an issue that greatly worries professionals in the tourism sector. Many business voices have remarked this week in Fitur that the success of the summer season will depend on when the British country lifts the restrictions. And it is that,
as reported by ABCOther countries such as Portugal, which is on the British green list, and Greece, whose strategy to reactivate tourism has gone through the vaccination of the entire sector, are attracting tourists from the islands.
British tourists account for almost a quarter of the income that tourism receives from international travelers. This summer, in which our country aspires to reach 50% of the 2019 levels, Spain is playing the coming of some 4 million British and about 4,500 million euros. For this reason, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism emphasizes that it is working for the British country to add Spain to its green list or to those regions with the lowest incidence, such as the Balearic Islands or the Valencian Community. In this sense, the Government also has the help of British tour operators, who, according to ABC, are pressuring the United Kingdom to lift the restrictions in Spain, either totally or partially.
Digital green certificate from July 1
During his appearance, Sánchez was very optimistic about the future of the tourism sector, trusting that it will be “the lever that drives the way out of the economic crisis.” In addition, he explained that among the forecasts for the end of the year it is expected that the sector will have recovered between 60 and 70% of the foreign visits that were noted before the health crisis.
All these announcements have been framed in the
presentation of the digital green certificate that the EU approved yesterday. This mechanism, which will start working on July 1, will make it easier to travel around the EU. Specifically, by means of a QR code, travelers will be able to demonstrate that they are able to move freely within the EU countries. In addition, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, explained that “Spain is working to extend this digital certificate to third countries.”