Spain will authorize entry as of June 7 to all people vaccinated against coronavirus, a strategy similar to that recently adopted by other European Union countries for this second year of the pandemic. President Pedro Sánchez clarified that the measure will cover immunized people, regardless of the country from which they come, who have received the complete scheme of a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
“That is, since June 7 all vaccinated people and their families are also welcome regardless of their place of origin,” Sánchez stressed during the event organized at the Madrid International Tourism Fair (Fitur). Spain, which in 2019 was the second world tourist destination, expects to attract around 45 million foreign tourists in 2021, half that before the pandemic.
The measure is aligned with the decision taken by the European Union two days ago, when the ambassadors of the 27 countries voted on a recommendation to open borders to travelers from third countries whose population is widely vaccinated or with a good epidemiological situation against COVID -19. The decision was made in light of the approaching summer season.
On the other hand, as of May 24, Spain will allow the entry of travelers from safe non-EU countries. Apart from the United Kingdom, this lifting of restrictions concerns nine other countries outside the European Union, whose residents could until now only make justified trips due to force majeure: Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Korea from the South, Thailand and Rwanda.
“All of them become on the list of safe countries and, therefore, they will be able to enter our country and will not have to face health checks upon arrival in Spain,” said Sánchez, who stressed that British tourists will be able to travel to Spain without restrictions. Before the pandemic, the British represented the first contingent of foreign visitors to the country, with 18 million arrivals in 2019. Their return to Spanish beaches is important for the country, which before the pandemic had 14% of tourism in tourism. its GDP.
The president also explained that travelers coming from other EU countries will be able to enter from June 7 with a PCR at origin or with the complete vaccination schedule.
At the same time The EU had already agreed this Wednesday to allow the entry of travelers vaccinated against covid-19 from countries with low infection rates, increasing the possibility of summer getaways to the mainland. The move was confirmed when the EU published its recommendations to lift travel restrictions on the bloc. An approved list of “safe” destinations will be signed this week, although there is no confirmation yet as to when these changes will be implemented.
Member states are believed to have the final decision on what measures to impose, meaning some could still choose to keep quarantine measures in place, while others they can request negative PCR tests and / or proof of vaccination.
Officials are said to be optimistic the new rules will take effect in June, providing a much-needed boost for the tourism industry as summer kicks in. However, the plans allow for a “emergency brake” in case infection rates rise again.
An EU official told CNN that the bloc will take reciprocity into account when drawing up its list, but the recommendations suggest that countries with less than 75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The recommendations, which are not legally binding on member states. They were first published by the EU earlier this month after Greece, a member of the bloc, announced that it would welcome fully vaccinated international travelers.
“Member states could also extend this to those vaccinated with a vaccine that have completed the WHO emergency use listing process“added an official statement that clarified that travelers should have been vaccinated at least two weeks before their trip.
Regarding the current situation in reference to the pandemic in Spain, the Ministry of Health notified this Friday 4,792 new infections and 19 deaths to the official count, the lowest number of deaths since the end of August. In the last two weeks, the incidence dropped to 135 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and no region now exceeds the extreme risk level for the virus, established above 250. The deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the country reach 79,620 and the total number of infections rose to 3,636,453 in the country, out of about 47 million inhabitants, according to data from the Spanish Ministry of Health.
The vaccination campaign in Spain continues to advance. On Thursday, Health announced that the day before, 529,130 doses had been administered. In total, 23,503,085 injections have already been made. More than 7.6 million people are already fully immunized, which is equivalent to 1 out of every 7 inhabitants. While, more than 16 million people have received at least one doseTherefore, 1 out of every 3 inhabitants of our country has been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
By age groups, 99.2 percent of those over 80 years of age already have the full guideline; 74.9 percent of the age group between 70 and 79 years are fully immunized, while 96% have already received at least one dose. For its part, 86.2 percent of the 60-69 age group already have at least one injection. By last, Vaccination for people ages 50-59 is also progressing and the 34.9 percent of this group already have at least one dose.