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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said the country will allow all vaccinated travellers to visit the country from June 7, as the tourism hotspot aims to revive its virus-battered travel sector.
Sanchez said at an international tourism fair in Madrid; ‘From June 7, all vaccinated people and their families will be welcome in our country, Spain, regardless of their country of origin,’
He also announced that British travellers would be allowed to visit Spain for holidays from next week.
‘From next Monday, the 24th of May, Spain will be delighted to receive British tourists again,’ Sanchez said, adding that they will be allowed in ‘without restriction’.
An official website that promotes tourism confirmed that British citizens won’t even need to present a negative Covid test.
Britain has long been the biggest source of tourists for Spain, but during the pandemic British travellers have only been allowed into Spain for visits deemed essential.
Britain has meanwhile upheld restrictions on travellers from Spain, who have to quarantine on arrival, as well as showing a negative Covid test.
Japanese travellers will also be allowed to visit Spain for non-essential reasons from Monday, the interior ministry said.
Spain’s announcement came a day after European Union member states reached a deal paving the way for a Covid-19 certificate to open up travel throughout Europe.
The deal will allow anybody living in the EU’s 27 countries to secure a digital health pass by the end of June that displays their vaccination status, results of Covid-19 tests or recovery from a coronavirus infection.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK