Spain, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus, imposed restrictions on all international arrivals and closed its doors and beaches to handle Covid-19. But now the daily growth of infection has reduced, they are easing lockdown. From 1 July Tourists can visit Spain without getting in quarantine for two weeks.
The government said that on Monday during a meeting cabinet ministers made the decision to lift the mandatory coronavirus quarantine. Last week during an interview Spanish Transport Minister, Jose Luis Abalos expressed his wish to start tourist activity by the end of June as border closers were indeed temporary.
Now Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that from July 1 foreign tourists are allowed to visit Spain without getting quarantined for 14 days. He further said, “That government guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country and tourists could begin to plan holidays”.
Sanchez further said, “Spain needs tourism”. Spain is one of the most visited countries attracting an estimation of around 80 million visitors every year. Spain relies heavily on tourism as the tourism industry accounts for more than 12%to the countries’ GDP and employs 2.6 million people.
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They are also looking to establish safe corridors between different parts of Spain like Canary and Balaeric Islands, etc. that have outbreak control and similar areas in Europe which are an important source of tourism and push to attract visitors.
But there has been no talk so far of opening to travelers from outside the European countries.
Airlines across Europe are resuming the flights to Spain. Easy Jet, Wizz Air, and Ryanair have announced that they will be resuming flights in June, but at a reduced frequency. But, the UK government is still against any travel to overseas and has implemented its own 14- days quarantine policy from June 8, which could be a major issue for Spain.
Gradually restrictions on the movements have been eased and the country has allowed reopening of churches, museums, and bars with terraces in some parts of the country last week.
People are seen stepping out, Go for a walk, running, cycling, and indulge in outdoor exercises, but it is mandatory to wear masks.
The Spain government has been also carrying out sanitary measures to ensure hygiene to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and is trying to return to its normalcy.