Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said there will be a summer tourist season this summer. Mr Sanchez also vowed that the popular holiday destination will be opening its doors to foreign holidaymakers in July. Spain is a popular holiday destination with British tourists with a staggering 18 million Britons visiting last year alone.
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Tourists from the UK have become one of the leading markets for tourism in Spain.
Mr Sanchez made a speech today from the Moncloa Palace where he told hospitality professionals to prepare to resume their businesses ready for international tourism.
However, he warned that although the worst of the virus in Spain is over, “we must not relax.”
He said: “The great wave of the pandemic has been overcome but we must not relax.
However, because the tourism sector plays a “fundamental role” in the Spanish economy, Mr Sanchez promised “there will be a tourist season this summer.”
The Prime Minister also encouraged the Spanish people to start planning their holidays.
In a message directly to foreign tourists, Mr Sanchez said: “Spain, has been waiting since July and whoever steps in Spain, can count on a land with sanitary guarantees and committed to the sustainability of our planet.
“From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.
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“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks.
“There will be no opposing forces between health and business.
“Spanish tourism will now have two hallmarks: environmental sustainability and health safety.”
Regarding foreign tourism, the announcement by the Minister of Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera has confirmed that it will resume from July.
Ms Ribera said that foreign tourism will be done with “safety conditions” in mind.
She also stated that foreign tourists “can plan their holidays in Spain.”
She added: “Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security at origin and security at destination, so it guarantees that tourists will not run any risk nor will they bring us risks to our country.”
From Monday, Spain will be in either phase one or two of their easing of lockdown.
Therefore, Spanish citizens will be able to meet up with their family and friends, and go shopping among other things.
Currently, Spain has 14-day quarantine rules in place for anyone travelling in from abroad.
This is likely to remain in place until at least June 7, when the country’s State of Emergency is due to end.
The UK is bringing in its own quarantine rules from June 8, which will require anyone arriving into the country to quarantine for two weeks.
The only exceptions are those travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot
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