Foreign tourists can book vacations in Spain as from July

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Foreign tourists can book vacations in Spain from July as the two-week self-quarantine for overseas travellers is likely to be suspended by then, the tourism minister said on Monday.

One of the worst-hit nations in the world from the coronavirus, tourism-dependent Spain is gradually easing a strict lockdown though it has kept a quarantine for visitors so as to prevent a second wave of infections.

“It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July,” Reyes Maroto said in an interview with local radio station Onda Cero.

The minister said that she thinks that there will be good demand for national tourism and believes that there will also be a preference by foreign tourists to come to Spain this summer because “our country is a much-loved destination.”

Meanwhile few hours ago Spain announced that it will lift a requirement for foreign tourists to undergo a two-week quarantine from July 1.

Under current restrictions, visitors from abroad must isolate themselves for two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya had previously said the measure would be relaxed in July, without specifying the date.

Reuters / Onda Cero

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