Spain has lifted coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions for countries including the United Kingdom and China, as the national government aims to boost its vital tourism industry.
Madrid says Chinese and British travelers, as well as those from Japan and seven other nations, will be considered able to travel to the country for non-essential reasons.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that from May 24 tourists from the UK, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Israel, and Rwanda will be allowed to enter the country without having to present an RT-PCR test, go into mandatory coronavirus quarantine or provide a certificate of vaccination.
Travelers will instead be asked to fill out a health form before arrival. The move is expected to significantly boost the country’s tourism sector in time for the usually busy summer travel season. Tourism is Spain’s most significant source of income.