At times, I am slow, but are you saying, Peter, Japan is on this list of countries deemed safe and folks from there do not have to do even a COVID test to get into Spain? This is the same Japan that for the last several weeks has been having increased COVID cases and citizens are wanting the Olympics postposed or cancelled because of the infection, and the doctors are worried the hospital system will be overwhelmed? I must not be understanding something.The Spanish authorities have announced that from June 7, the country will allow entry for Americans and other travellers from all over the world who have undergone the vaccination process using one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Nonetheless, everyone will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Vaccinated travellers should prove that they have received all the required vaccine doses at least 14 days before entering Spain.
In contrast, travellers from countries that are part of the Coronavirus safe countries’ list will be allowed entry without even having to submit a negative test result. Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are some of the countries included on the list.
Moreover, the Spanish authorities announced that they would allow entry to unvaccinated children as well, provided that they are travelling together with their vaccinated parents. Nonetheless, this does not apply to children over the age of six as they still need to present a negative COVID-19 test result.
Following the announcement from Spain, United Airlines disclosed that from June, they would resume their service of five flights a week between New York/Newark and Barcelona, and their six times a week flight service between New York/Newark and Madrid.
The airline company also plans to increase flights all over Europe, reaching countries that are to welcome travellers from the US.
Similarly, American Airlines also plans to double its flight services to Spain during June. The carrier is currently operating two flights to Spain daily, from Miami International Airport to Barcelona and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Madrid.
Spain’s travel and tourism sector, which heavily relies on foreign travellers and is a key driver of the country’s recovery, has suffered severely from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 foreign tourism of Spain registered a drop of 80 per cent due to preventative restrictions in Europe and all over the world.
However, as for 2021, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expects that with the revival of the travel and tourism sector, the country’s GDP will also benefit and allow arrivals to reach up to 70 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year.
It is forecasted that this summer’s arrivals could reach somewhere between 30 to 40 per cent of levels of 2019.
Previously, Spain abolished its entry restrictions for all travellers from the UK, meaning that Britons will no longer be subject to quarantine and testing requirements.
The head of the European Commission also revealed that fully vaccinated US travellers will be able to visit other EU countries as well during this summer.
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