SPAIN'S tourism minister has said the country will be ready to welcome back tourists – including those from the UK – in June.

Fernando Valdes Verelst told a travel and tourism conference in Mexico: “I think the best thing that Governments right now can provide to travellers is certainty, give the proper information and the security that they can travel and they can come back to the countries."

“We are going to give all these travellers that certainty," he added. “Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travellers worldwide that you can visit us.”

Currently in Spain, only citizens and legal residents of the European Union and those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter the country are granted passage under travel restrictions.


Some travel restrictions and testing requirements are in place for international transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK.

Will I need a ‘vaccine passport’?

The European Union has previously set out plans for coronavirus vaccine certificates that could be used by UK holidaymakers this summer.

Digital Green Certificates will be accepted as “proof” a person had a Covid-19 jab, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus, according to the European Commission’s proposal.

And Spain – which welcomed 18 million Brits in 2019 – says a digital certificate scheme is currently being trialled with a view to a wider rollout in June.

“In those terms, in the European Union, we put in place a system… that provides us with a digital certificate,” said Verelst. “Spain is going to be ready in June to use this digital certificate. We are doing a pilot programme in May, in all our 46 airports.

What is the situation in Spain?

On March 31, Spain tightened face masks rules, making them mandatory outdoors and in all public places for those over the age of 6 years old.

Face masks have been obligatory since May 2020, but only in places where it was not possible to maintain at least two metres of social distancing.

Social gatherings are also limited to a maximum of six people outdoors and a maximum of four people inside restaurants and bars, and people from different households are not allowed to meet indoors in private homes.

There are also capacity restrictions in place at many beaches and other public areas, such as the delineation of plots and the use of booking systems.