Spain has opened its doors to visitors as of today, with the obligation to vaccinate or offer rapid antigen tests with PCR in order to reduce the negative effects of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic on tourism. The country has announced that it expects 8.5 to 10 million foreign tourists this summer. The density on the beaches in the south of the country drew attention.
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07.06.2021 – 17:25
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With the decision taken by the left coalition government, the measures applied so far to the citizens of all countries, except for India, Brazil and South Africa, where different variants of Covid-19 were detected, were relaxed.
KNOWS MANY VACCINES INCLUDING SINOVAC AND PFIZER/BIONTECH
Spain, which counts Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac in addition to Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, in Covid-19 vaccines, announced that tourists whose vaccination process has been completed 14 days in advance will be able to enter the country freely, provided that they show the vaccine QR codes.
ALSO ACCEPT ANTIGEN TESTS
Spain, which until now only allowed entry to the country with PCR tests performed 72 hours before the flight, has now started to accept cheaper antigen tests as well as those who have completed the vaccination process.
Cruise ships, which are large cruise ships, will also start arriving in Spain after a break of about 1 year.
It is stated that the first planned ship will arrive on 26 June, especially in cruises, which are important for the economy of the city of Barcelona.
ENGLAND AND MOROCCO DECISIONS AFFECT ISAPNIOL TOURISM
On the other hand, the problems related to the arrival of the British, who had the most important share in tourism revenues and number of tourists in Spain before the epidemic, increased the uncertainties in the sector.
The UK continued to keep Spain in the “yellow zone” in the list it set for its citizens who will travel abroad, which is required to do PCR tests twice on their return and to stay in home quarantine for 10 days.
In fact, the Canary Islands, which were previously in the green zone, are also included in the yellow zone in the recently updated list. It is stated that this decision of England will negatively affect Spanish tourism.
Finally, Morocco, which had a diplomatic crisis with Spain due to the Western Sahara problem, removed Spain from the sea travel routes of its citizens living in Europe and returning to the country for summer vacation.
The Moroccan government has excluded the Spanish ports (Almeria and Algeciras), citing the Covid-19 outbreak, announcing that only car ferries from Sete (France) and Genoa (Italy) can arrive in Morocco this summer.
Moving to their country through Spain, which is normally the first choice of Moroccans living in Europe, left a significant economic income to Spain.
In the pre-pandemic period, more than 3 million passengers and over 750,000 vehicles crossed between Spain and Morocco each summer.
THIS YAL IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 8.5 AND 10 MILLION TOURISTS
The Spanish government has announced that it expects between 8.5 and 10 million tourists this summer.
The number of people who have completed the covid-19 vaccine in the country has exceeded 10 million. With the end of the state of emergency on May 9, normalization steps were accelerated.