Spain Opens Its Borders To Vaccinated Travellers And Individuals Who Test Negative For COVID-19
Spain has opened its borders to vaccinated travellers from across the globe and individuals who test negative for COVID-19.
As reported by rte.ie, non-vaccinated Europeans, who can currently enter Spain with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, will be able to take a cheaper antigen test instead.
Spain reportedly has also started to allow cruise vessels into its ports again.
Heavily Dependent On Tourism
According to rte.ie, Spain, which is heavily dependent on its tourism industry, was one of the western economies that was impacted the worst by the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing a 10.8% decrease in its GDP last year, and the Spanish government is aiming to attract 45 million visitors by the end of the year, however, according to official statistics, only 1.8 million visitors had arrived in Spain by the end of April.
Spanish Health Minister Statements
Rte.ie quotes Spain's health minister, Carolina Darias, as saying "Spain is a safe destination," and that the country is "in the process of reclaiming its global leadership in tourism".
Non-Essential Travel Overseas Not Advised
The Irish government is still advising against any non-essential travel overseas. However, Ireland is due to begin operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate on July 19.
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