Tourism officials in Spain are hoping the country will be able to welcome back international visitors by June.
“Spain will be ready in June to tell all travelers worldwide that you can visit us with certainty,” the country’s Secretary of State of Tourism, Fernando Valdes Verelst, said during a panel discussion at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit in Cancun, Mexico this week (via TravelPulse.com).
At the moment, U.S. citizens are not allowed to visit Spain for unessential reasons. Spain has also been given a Level 4 travel advisory by the U.S. State Department and a Level 4 Travel Health Notice by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).
“Due to COVID-19 Spanish travel restrictions, U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain unless they meet very specific requirements or have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain. Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel,” the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra states. “If you travel to Spain and are not admitted, you will be placed in immigration detention for up to several days, until a flight on the same airline becomes available to take you back to your point of origin.”
The European Union., of which Spain is a part, recently revealed plans to welcome back American tourists by the summer. The plan is to implement a Digital Green Certificate—a form of vaccine passport—to ensure all visitors are vaccinated.
Evidently, Spain is on board with that plan. Given that tourism accounted for over 13 percent of Spain’s GDP before the pandemic, that’s not surprising.
In addition to Spain, other E.U. countries like Greece and France have also laid out plans to open their borders to visitors in the coming months.