Spain hopeful on tourism revival with vaccine passports

Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Spain is hopeful for boosting tourism all over again with the introduction of vaccination passports along with pre-travel COVID-19 testing system. Spain believes that this new system will once again attract tourists from Britain and encourage them to return to Spanish destinations this summer, a tourism ministry source told Reuters on Tuesday.

It has been further mentioned that though Spain is willing to implement the vaccination certification system, however it will be implemented as one of the key sources of reconnecting with tourism business by following key measures such as social distancing, mask-wearing and pre-travel tests.

The government do not have plans to introduce quarantine system on international tourists and is yet to introduce advanced agreement between Europe and Britain to remove restrictions on non-essential travel, the official added.

Over 2020, as global travel was dramatically curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, foreign tourism to Spain – one of the world’s most visited countries – fell 80% to just 19 million visitors, a level not seen since 1969. The industry’s contribution to gross domestic product tumbled to between 4% and 5%, according to estimates from Funcas think-tank analyst Maria Jesus Fernandez, from a 12% share in 2019.

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