Good news for those who want to make a trip to Spain this summer. The southern European country plans to allow tourists again from July. That’s what Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said today.
Spain is one of the worst affected countries to date with the pandemic of the new coronavirus, with 235,823 infections and 28,773 deaths. But there too, the virus is on its way back with less than 100 deaths every day in the past week. And so the corona measures are gradually being phased out there too.
As of this week, phase 2 of the exit strategy is in effect in about half of the country. This means that residents can go to the beach for the first time since the lockdown on March 15. This is the case, for example, in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and in many other Spanish coastal regions such as Andalusia. Of course there are still conditions attached to this, such as a limited number of people on the beach and social distancing.
Also, the beaches are only accessible to people from the region. In this way, the Spanish government wants to keep regions that are more severely affected separate from areas where the virus has hit less hard. That is why phase 1 of the exit strategy is still in force in Madrid and Barcelona. Parks and museums will open there again.
In one of the following phases, foreign tourists will also be re-admitted to Spain. That is currently prohibited. Anyone who has to enter the country for any reason must be quarantined for fourteen days.
However, tourism is vital for the Spanish economy. The country is the second most visited in the world. That is why Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto has addressed potential travelers. “It makes perfect sense to start planning your summer vacation in Spain in July,” she told radio station Onda Cero.