Spain expects overseas vacationer arrivals to achieve as many as 45 million this 12 months, over half the pre-pandemic degree, its tourism minister mentioned on Wednesday, inviting potential guests to start out planning their Spanish holidays.
“Spain will be ready to reopen to the world very soon,” Reyes Maroto advised reporters at a presentation of Spain’s promotional marketing campaign to entice guests again this summer time.
“International tourists can start planning their Spanish vacations now.”
Foreign tourism to Spain – the world’s second most visited nation earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic – plunged 80% final 12 months from 83.5 million guests in 2019 as pandemic restrictions introduced leisure journey to a digital standstill.
With vaccination charges rising the world over, tourism-dependent nations like Spain are hoping to salvage no less than a few of the economically important summer time season and are scrambling to outline guidelines for secure journey.
The authorities had beforehand mentioned it anticipated tourism to achieve half its pre-pandemic ranges this 12 months.
Maroto mentioned Spain would introduce a colour-based classification for vacationer visits, assigning international locations with low an infection charges a inexperienced ranking, whereas these with increased threat can be categorised as orange or pink.
A European Union-wide vaccine passport scheme set to return into drive in June would solely be required for travellers from higher-risk international locations, Maroto mentioned.
On Tuesday she introduced that Spain hoped to elevate a requirement for British travellers to current a damaging PCR check from May 20.