Spain is opening its borders to tourists without the need to quarantine. A major boost for the economy.
Tourists and people wishing to travel to Spain will be able to visit Spain from 1 July without having to quarantine for two weeks.
“The worst is behind us,” Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya tweeted with emojis of a bikini, sunglasses and a suitcase.
“In July we will gradually open Spain to international tourists, lift the quarantine, [and] ensure the highest standards of health safety. We look forward to welcoming you!”
The government said cabinet ministers made the decision to lift the mandatory coronavirus quarantine during a meeting on Monday.
Spain is one of the world’s most visited countries, attracting over 80 million international tourists each year.
Tourism accounts for 12% of Spain’s GDP, employing 2.6 million people, with the Canary and Balearic archipelagos relying almost solely on tourists.
Spain opens to international tourists
The coronavirus pandemic hit Spain just as it was beginning its tourism season. Everything from hotels, bars and restaurants to beaches and leisure parks subsequently shut down.
But Restrictions on movement have gradually been eased.
Bars in some parts of the country allowed to open their terraces last week, also museums and churches reopening.
Madrid and Barcelona, both national epicentres of the virus, are the latest cities to have been allowed to follow suit on Monday.
The country’s La Liga football league will restart from 8 June, Mr Sanchez announced over the weekend.
On Monday, Spain’s health ministry corrected its official COVID-19 death toll, saying almost 2,000 fewer people than previously thought had died from the disease.
Spain has recorded 28,752 Coronavirus deaths and 235,772 cases but has seen daily fatalities drop to fewer than 100 for the last week.
There would be a 10-day period of national mourning for victims starting on Tuesday.