Spain’s tourism minister, Maria Reyes Maroto has urged visitors to return after the launch of an €8 million campaign to restore Spain’s tourism industry - this means that visitors could head to Ibiza around the same time.
Spain has implemented a number of measures to ensure the health of visitors, an EU green certificate and the updating of EU recommendations on non-essential travel.
Reyes Maroto said: “The recommendations will be reviewed in the [EU] foreign affairs council on 20 May, and that will allow us to provide certainty to markets outside the European Union when it comes to the restarting of travel – especially travel from the UK, which is our largest market,
“If all goes well, from 20 May – although there’s always a bit of the unknown over the evolution of the pandemic in the countries we’re focusing on with the campaign, though the numbers from the UK look good on both vaccination and accumulated incidence – Britons will be able to come to Spain. What’s more, they won’t be asked for a PCR test when they arrive in the country. I think it’s really good news.”
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The UK government is yet to moves Spain onto the green list, meaning that upon return to the UK, visitors will have to quarantine for 10 days alongside taking two COVID tests.
Spain’s vaccination programme is speeding up, as they have vaccinated 14 million of the country’s 47 million citizens to date, with 6.3 million people having received their second dose.
Reyes Maroto also expressed her optimism about this, saying: “If all goes well, we could get 70% of the population vaccinated even before the end of summer, which would be great news for everyone because we need to start leaving the pandemic behind – especially the tourist sector, a lot of which has been closed for 14 months despite huge efforts to reinvent itself.”
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