Tourists can return to Spain from July 1, provided travelers meet strict safety conditions. That said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during a press conference.
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“We guarantee that tourists will not be at risk, but also that they will not cause any risk to us,” said Sanchez. With his announcement, he ended expectations that the tourism season might start even earlier. Italy recently announced its intention to reopen the borders from 3 June.
Travel outside your own province
Sanchez ‘step comes as no surprise; Earlier in the week, the Minister of Transport announced that foreign tourism will be “restarted from the end of June”. According to José Luis Ábalos, this also looks at the health situation in the country where people come from and where tourists in Spain want to go. He also said that the Spaniards are allowed to travel outside their own province.
Ábalos said the authorities are preparing to monitor and manage tourism. First of all, he sees many opportunities for the Balearic and Canary Islands, for example, because “the health situation is very positive”. The minister did not say exactly what he has in mind, but says he will come up with concrete plans very quickly.
Tourism important for Spain
The tourism sector accounts for 12 percent of the Spanish economy and wants the restrictions to end quickly. In any case, the sector would suffer losses of between EUR 90 and 125 billion this year, even if the government allows foreign tourism back in late June.