Spain Prepares Reopen to International Tourists by June
Spain is preparing to allow international tourists to enter the country by June though the use of a digital health certificate program. Speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council summit earlier this week, Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, said the country is working to receive tourists using digital certificates starting in June.
"Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travelers worldwide that [they] can visit us," Valdés said.
A pilot program will launch in Spain's airports in May. The COVID-19 digital certificates would verify that a traveler has either been fully vaccinated, has tested negative for COVID-19, or has recovered from the virus.
A few months ago, the European Union established proposals for digital certificates, often called health passports, to track both coronavirus testing and vaccinations. This would allow cross-border tourism within Europe. Parliamentary leaders are expected to vote on the issue in the coming hours.
Additionally, the EU continues talks with the United States regarding the possibility of allowing tourists that have been vaccinated to travel to Europe this summer.
According to Spanish media outlet El País, 22 percent of adults in the country have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The government hopes that 70 percent of the adults will be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.