In April, 630,657 foreign tourists visited Spain, up from zero the previous year when the country was under a strict lockdown, but down massively on April 2019 – the last “normal” year for tourism.
Figures from statistics department INE added that tourists spent a total €671m (£577m) during the month.
April marked a cautious restart for holidays to Spain, as the German government gave the go-ahead for its citizens to travel to certain parts of the country, including the Balearic Islands and Valencia and Murcia on the mainland.
However, Britons were still banned from travelling abroad for leisure at this time.
Spain’s economy is highly dependent on tourism, and it is the number one foreign destination for British holidaymakers.
The country is currently on the UK’s “amber list”, which means arrivals from Spain must self-isolate for 10 days after entering the UK and take two post-arrival Covid tests. Its Iberian neighbour, Portugal, is on the “green list”, which carries the lightest restrictions.
Last week, the country opened its doors to British tourists with no restrictions, which prompted a flood of visitors to its beaches and cities.
There are hopes that Spanish island group the Balearics – which includes Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca – will be added to the green list in this week’s review on 3 June. spain tourism 2021
On Saturday May 29th, the Spanish government announced it will extend the ban on non-essential travel from outside the EU and the Schengen Area until June 30th 2021.
The non-EU countries that this does not apply to are Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, China and the recently included United Kingdom and Japan.
However, the June 30th 2021 date is contrary to the one recently announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez only ten days ago.
“From June 7th, all vaccinated people and their families will be welcome in our country, Spain, regardless of their country of origin,” Sánchez said at an international tourism fair in Madrid on May 21st.
Published in Spain’s BOE state bulletin, the official message from Spain’s Interior Ministry makes no mention of exceptions for vaccinated travellers from outside the EU.
Exceptions only apply to nationals and residents of the EU, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican or San Marino, holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State, health professionals, transport workers, diplomatic/consular staff and international organizations, military and civil protection personnel, students and people with documented force majeure reasons.
The lists of third countries where non-essential travel to Spain is allowed and not allowed are based on the Schengen Borders Code and the EU’s common “Traffic Lights” mapping for global risk areas.