Spain’s tourism sector will reopen to foreign visitors in July, just in time for summer holidays, as the country gradually lifts one of the world’s most strict lockdowns after being battered by the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed nearly 30,000 in Spain.
- Overseas tourists will be permitted to enter the country starting in July, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told reporters at a press conference Saturday
- Sánchez said Spain’s tourism sector should begin preparations to reopen and encouraged Spaniards to plan domestic summer holidays.
- Spain hosts more than 80 million overseas guests a year, and foreign holidaymakers contribute to nearly 13% of the Spanish economy, according to Reuters.
- The European Union has pushed its member states to open for tourism to at least each other in time for summer holidays, as tourism makes up 10% of the EU economy.
- It’s still unknown what specific protective measures will be put in place or if Spain will limit entry to tourists from particular countries deemed lower-risk, like Italy has done.
- “The hardest part is over,” Sánchez said.
“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks,” Sánchez told reporters Saturday. “There will be no opposing forces between health and business.”
Spain has faced one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the world, seeing more than 230,000 confirmed cases and 28,000 deaths attributed to the virus as of Saturday. The country has been on a nationwide lockdown since mid-March, though restrictions are gradually being rolled back throughout Spain.