As we continue to see COVID-19 cases fall and more and more people are getting the vaccine the move back to normality is seeming ever closer. Although staycations seem to be the popular choice for 2021, Spain tourism minister, Maria Reyes Maroto talked earlier this week about the country considering introducing COVID-19 vaccine passports over the next few months. She said: “The could be in a position to start implementing the digital passport in May.”
This would mean that if tourists could meet safety requirements set by the country they would be allowed entry into Spain. Visitors would be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before arrival. The Balearic Islands is expected to be the first to allow visitors to restriction-free. Spains Travel Safe campaign started at the end of 2020 in a bid to boost tourism. The campaign is said to cost around €2million and aims to get tourist back to popular destinations in the near future.
Speaking to local media, Balearic tourism minister, said: “First of all, however, there is the task of positioning, selling and explaining to the world that the islands are a safe destination.”
The UK currently has a ban on travelling for leisure, so it won’t be a factor for tourists to consider in the near future. Boris Johnson laid a road map out of COVID-19, and there is a review every few weeks, so we can only be optimistic and keep our fingers crossed about overseas travel. At present, all travel abroad, unless for essential reasons, is not allowed until at least 17th May.
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