Not only vaccinated: starting from today 7 June, tourists who want to reach Spain will also need a low cost test (clearly with negative results) to enter the country. The forecast only applies to EU citizens at the moment. While for tourists from all over the world (with the exception of India, Brazil and South Africa) it will be necessary to prove that they are vaccinated. Furthermore, the health authorities have drawn up a list of areas not at risk from which, until the eventual entry into force of the EU Covid Certificate, it is possible to travel towards Spain without having to prove to be vaccinated or tested, writes El Pais.
“Spain is a safe destination”, underlined the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, adding that the country “is committed to affirming its world leadership in tourism”. But the new legislation is viewed with a certain mistrust in Europe. The European Commission has called for caution regarding easing travel restrictions for the coronavirus. “It is the responsibility (of the Member States, ed), but we ask for consistency for the good of the citizens of the European Union”, said the spokesman of the Commission, Eric Mamer. According to Mamer, the joint EU recommendation, supported by the 27 member states, stipulates that all travelers should be asked for a negative molecular test, which is more expensive than antigenic ones. The same Commission, however, has also drawn up a list of antigen tests approved by its health experts, which are the same ones that Spain will take into consideration from today to give green light to entry into its territory.
Madrid knows of these perplexities, but goes straight. Tourism is one of the country’s main industries, and the government aims to receive “between 14.5 and 15.5 million tourists” during the months of July, August and September. 40% of tourists arrived in 2019, but double those who arrived in 2020, the year in which the coronavirus pandemic took hold. However, the UK has not removed Spain from the list of countries at risk, so returning British citizens will still have to remain in quarantine and undergo the required tests. The British represent the largest share of tourists in Spain: in 2019 over a fifth of the 83.5 million arrivals came from the United Kingdom.