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  • I think we will be ready in Spain and think the vaccination programme in the UK is going pretty well’ – Spain’s tourism Minister Fernando Valdes

By Andrew Atkinson

Spain’s tourism Minister Fernando Valdes has discussed how vaccination passports and certifications would be key in revitalising tourism in Spain – hoping travel corridors could be set up with the UK – once both sides reach high levels of vaccinations.

“Safe travel would be the most important thing for Spanish tourism,” said Valdes, who has been in discussions with the UK Government to introduce vaccine passports for summer holidays.

An update is expected by May 17 on a ‘traffic light’ system of countries designated either green, amber or red with varying restrictions on travel accordingly.

Valdes said on the hope British travellers could head to Spain this summer: “We are desperate to welcome you this summer.

“I think we will be ready here in Spain – and we also think that the vaccination programme in the UK is going pretty well.”

Valdes added on a coronovirus certificate programme: “I think the certification will certainly help up, since the beginning of the pandemic we have been trying to put in place different means to help safe tourism.

“It is true that we have passed through some waves of this pandemic – but now I think we are ready because we do have vaccines.

“Once we reach a mutual agreement and we have been having constant conversations with UK authorities the certifications will help tourism from this summer.”

Current regulations for holidays to Spain for residents of the UK it is illegal for any non-essential travel, set to be reviewed by the government in the next few weeks. The earliest date for foreign holidays to resume is May 17.

Countries will be categorised on a traffic light system of green, amber or red which will state different levels of quarantine and testing before and after holiday travel.