Spain relaxes entry rules for unvaccinated tourists

Spain relaxed entry rules for unvaccinated tourists from outside the EU on Saturday, boosting the major tourism sector ahead of the summer holidays.

Presentation of the negative test

Until now, travelers from outside the EU, including the UK, Spain’s main tourist destination, could only enter with proof of recovery from the vaccine or virus. Govit-19.

But since Saturday, these visitors have been allowed to enter with a negative test, the Spanish transport ministry said in a statement.

PCR tests must be carried out within 72 hours of departure for Spain and antigen tests within 24 hours.

Spain’s Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto explained that allowing the country to relax rules for the ‘new phase of the outbreak’ would apply to non-EU travelers who have so far needed travelers from Spain. EU.

By 2020 there will be only 19 million tourists in Spain

“This is great news and is eagerly awaited by the tourism industry, which will make it easier for non-European tourists to visit during the high season,” he added in a statement.

Children under 12 are exempt from any type of certification.

With its sunny beaches and rich architectural heritage, Spain was the second most visited country in the world before the epidemic, with 83.5 million foreign visitors in 2019. But the restrictions on international travel linked to the epidemic will peaked in 2020. 19 million tourists .

This number rose to 31.1 million in 2021, 45 million more than the Spanish government forecast.

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