Spain reopens borders to all vaccinated tourists
Spain is set to reopen its borders from Monday 7 June to fully vaccinated travellers from around the world in an attempt to return to "normal" and revive its tourism industry.
Minister of Health Carolina Darias said the country is “a safe destination and we are in a position to soon regain our world tourism leadership."
She added that the easing of border controls would bring the country "closer to returning to normal every day” over the summer.
Spain currently has a seven-day rolling case rate of 62 cases per 100,000.
International travel for non-essential reasons is set to return for people in Ireland from 19 July, as the country is set to adapt the European Union (EU) Digital Green Certificate.
The EU Green Cert will be implemented in Ireland and across Europe in July and will see people with the Covid-19 vaccine, negative PCR tests, or Covid-19 antibodies, be allowed to travel throughout the EU.
However, earlier this month, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the elements of society that are due to open in July won't get a "final green light" from government until the end of June.
Speaking to RTÉ’s This Week, the Tánaiste said while the June reopening is definitely happening, the Government will need to monitor the epidemiological situation before making a decision on July and the following months.
“At the end of June we will assess the epidemiological situation again before giving the final green light, if you’d like, for July,” said Varadkar.
The Tánaiste said that the government will be looking at hospitalisations, case numbers, emerging variants such as the Indian variant, and the progress of the vaccination programme before giving the go-ahead for the July reopening.