Spain will be among the first holiday destinations to welcome back UK tourists this summer, it has been confirmed.
Announcing the move, the Spanish Government says British travellers will need to present a Covid-free certificate on arrival, proving that they have received the vaccine, have had a negative test result, or have recovered from the virus.
The certification scheme – known as the “Digital Green Certificate” – will be rolled out across the rest of the EU later in the year, providing Covid-19 cases are kept under control.
More than 18 million Brits visited Spanish resorts, such as Benidorm, Lanzarote, Costa Blanca, and Ibiza, in 2019 alone.
Commenting on the announcement, Spain’s tourism minister, Fernando Valdes Verelst, said: “I think the best thing that governments right now can provide to travellers is certainty, give the proper information and the security that they can travel and they can come back to the countries.
“In those terms, in the European Union, we put in place a system … that provides us with digital certificate.
“Spain is going to be ready in June to use this digital certificate. We are doing a pilot programme in May, in all our 46 airports.”
The news has been widely welcomed by the UK tourism industry, which has suffered significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the latest statistics, strict quarantine and no-travel rules have cost the tourism industry some £548 million per day.
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