Spain is planning to introduce a digital health certificate in an effort to restart tourism as early as June. At the World Travel and Tourism Council summit in Mexico on Tuesday, Fernando Valdés, Spain’s tourism minister, announced that the country is ready to test a digital certificate scheme.
The system will launch in Spain’s airports as early as May. The digital certificate will carry information showing whether an individual has been fully vaccinated, has tested negative for the virus, or has recovered from COVID-19.
“Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travellers worldwide that you can visit us,” Valdés said at the summit, reported Europa Press.
The European Union at large is working together on a plan to jumpstart tourism safely this summer. On Sunday, news broke that the EU plans to welcome fully vaccinated Americans as early as June. French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron also made an announcement this month explaining that the nation is working on a digital certificate to allow the restart of travel this summer in France. And other European countries that have followed suit include Malta, Greece, and Iceland, all of which are working out what system to put in place in order to welcome vaccinated tourists and those who test negatively for COVID-19.
Spain closed its doors for travel in the spring of 2020 and has suffered a significant economic loss especially in tourist hubs such as Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, and its many seaside towns. The digital certificate scheme is hoping to breathe new life into the country’s struggling hospitality and tourism industries.
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