Spain could open to Britons ahead of rest of EU

Spain wants to allow entry to vaccinated British holidaymakers from the first week of June and ahead of the rest of the European Union, the country’s deputy tourism minister has said.

The country is racing to revive its tourism industry and keen “to accept citizens that can present a vaccine certificate”, said Fernando Valdes. 

The EU this week agreed it would allow vaccinated non-EU holidaymakers to visit the bloc this summer, but not until later in June. 

Valdes said Spain will be ready sooner. He said: “Spain will have the digital certificate ready in June. We hope that [the EU] regulation will be approved on the June 21. But from the first week of June, Spain will be able to validate certificates on its borders and expedite certificates to its citizens.”

The UK Government is scheduled to review its green list in the first week of June, which would be the earliest opportunity to allow quarantine-free travel to Spain for English holidaymakers.

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