Is Spain ready to open its borders to British tourists?

is spain ready to open its borders to british tourists

okers Bar on the seafront in Magaluf lies quiet these days, but very soon its usual patrons could be gearing up to return. Like elsewhere in Spain, this resort in Mallorca is desperate for the return of British holidaymakers after the country’s tourism sector was hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

British tourists will be welcomed back to Spain from June as long as they have a digital vaccine certificate or a negative PCR test, Fernando Valdés, the country’s secretary of state for tourism, said this week. Madrid wants to create its own version of the digital green certificate which is being proposed by the European Union, to show vaccination status or test results.

It is yet not known whether Spain will be on the UK government’s “green list” for quarantine-free travel from May 17, when the ban on foreign travel is to be lifted for travellers in England. However, one factor which will be key will be the progress of Spain’s vaccine roll-out, as the British government uses this as one of its major indicators when classifying countries in its traffic light system.

Spain got off to a slow start in its vaccine programme, hampered by problems with supply to European Union countries and administrative difficulties…

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