Spain will reopen its borders to international vacationers from July, the nation’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez introduced on Saturday.
“As you know, Spain receives more than 80 million visitors a year. I am announcing that from July, Spain will reopen for foreign tourism in conditions of safety,” Sanchez stated, pledging the security of each locals and guests amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
He added that the nation “needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination,” in addition to that the federal government had been planing the reopening for weeks.
Although the nation is among the many European nations worst-hit by the pandemic, the Spanish PM referred to as on the residents to start planning home holidays, and the companies to organize for the reopening.
Sanchez’ move got here amid protests by the nation’s far-right Vox occasion, which accused the federal government of imposing “draconian measures” to include the pandemic that led to unemployment and “misery”.
The nation has been underneath strict lockdown since March 14, and as of publication, it has recorded greater than 282,000 confirmed Covid-19 circumstances and over 28,000 deaths.
On Monday, lockdown measures in Barcelona and Madrid, the 2 cities worst-hit by the pandemic, have been eased, and the Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto confirmed that international vacationers could be allowed to ebook holidays within the nation as of July.
In an interview with native radio station Onda Cero, Maroto stated that the federal government expects the two-week quarantine measure imposed on abroad travellers “will be suspended by that time”.