Spain opens borders to fully vaccinated tourists as Covid restrictions ease

Spain kicked off its summer tourism season by welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from most of the world.

It has also reopened its ports to cruise lines.

Unvaccinated travelers from the 27 countries of the European Union can now enter Spain with the negative results of recent antigen tests, which are cheaper and faster than Covid-19 PCR tests.

Spain still bans non-essential travelers from Brazil, India and South Africa – where virus variants have been a big cause for concern.

As proof, the authorities accept official certificates that the visitors have been vaccinated at least 14 days before the trip or have survived a Covid-19 infection in the last six months.

The certificates can be in Spanish, English, French or German or their equivalent translations in Spanish, the government order states.

The accepted vaccines are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Modern
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson (also known as Janssen)
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

The same documents will be valid for EU visitors until the block compiles its digital green certificate, which some refer to as a vaccination pass for travel.

The Spanish government has set itself the goal of receiving between 14.5 million and 15.5 million visitors between July and September.

That is around 40% of the tourists in the same period of 2019, but twice as many as last summer, when only EU visitors could enter Spain.

Tourism is a major industry that represented over 12% of Spain’s GDP in 2019.

To boost tourism, Spanish ports opened to cruise ships on Monday – almost 15 months after they were banned when the first coronavirus outbreaks were detected.

After peaking in Spain at the end of January with almost 900 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, the coronavirus contagion indicator has dropped to 117 per 100,000.

Still, his decline has stalled in recent days as new infections spread among unvaccinated groups.

Spain has counted over 80,000 Covid-19 deaths in the pandemic.

Spain is on the UK’s yellow list, which means anyone returning to the UK must be quarantined for up to 10 days.

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