Spain to reopen to foreign tourists from July

Spain to reopen to foreign tourists from July
Barceloneta beach in Barcelona. Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP
Overseas visitors can return to Spain from July, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Saturday, offering hope to a key sector shut down since mid-March by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am announcing to you that from the month of July, entry for foreign tourists into Spain will resume in secure conditions,” Sanchez told a press conference.

Reaffirming the importance of tourism to the Spanish economy, Sanchez said the country would again be ready to welcome visitors in the summer. 

“As you know, Spain receives more than 80 million visitors a year. I am announcing that from July.

“Foreign tourists can also start planning their holidays in our country.

“Spain needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination. We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country.”

Sanchez said Spanish authorities had been coordinating the reopening of borders for weeks prior to the announcement. 

“We’re sending everyone a message today: Spain will be waiting for you from July,” Sanchez said. 

Sanchez also reassured domestic travellers that they too would be welcomed and should start planning their trips for the summer. 

 


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