Spain’s tourism minister Reyes Maroto has said her government plans to have its vaccine passport system ready for tourists by June 2021, although negative PCR tests will still be accepted to enter the country.
“Our forecast is to be able to have the process ready by June,” said Maroto. In order to have the passport operational by June she said it will be necessary “to have a significant percentage of the population vaccinated”. This will need to be at least 30 – 40% of the population. “We need the maximum certainty in order to have a summer season without taking risks,” she added.
Spanish authorities had previously set themselves the target of completing 70% of the national vaccination campaign before welcoming tourists back en masse, but on 10th March they revised this figure down to 30 – 40% vaccinated. Previously the Spanish government had said that its aim was to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of the summer. However this has been slow due to supply issues, as well as the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Maroto said that the passport will look more like a mobility pass and will probably take the form of a QR code. Currently, since 23rd November 2020, a negative PCR test is required from anyone entering Spain by air or sea.
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