Foreign tourists can return to Spain from July. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said at a press conference that security conditions must be met. It is not yet clear what they entail. “From now on, foreign tourists can start planning a holiday in Spain,” said the prime minister, according to El País.
“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.
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.
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.