Published on : Thursday, March 11, 2021
Spain’s Tourism Minister has said that the government might start reopening the country’s tourism sector when 30-40% of the Spanish population is vaccinated against the corona virus.
Tourism Minister Maraa Reyes Maroto said that the government expects this to be achieved by spring and that she is “optimistic” about the summer tourism season.
“In April, we’ll receive 5 million doses from Pfizer alone. Add that to the doses of Moderna, AstraZeneca and Jansen, which is just one dose and should be approved in the next few days,” Maroto said.
Within the EU, Spain is strongly supporting “health passports” that would show if a traveler has been vaccinated against COVID-19, taken a test or been affected in the past.
Last summer, Spain launched an aggressive international tourism campaign for the industry that has been devastated by the pandemic. At the moment, 1.4 million people in Spain have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the country administering 4.8 million doses. If all the doses arrive according to plan, everyone in Spain older than 45 years of age should be fully immunized by July.
Meanwhile, new infections in Spain have remained low despite reopening and the increasing dominance of the UK variant of the virus.