Spain wants to welcome holidaymakers back by March 2021 - here’s the plan

Spain is hoping to welcome back tourists by March 2021, after seeing dwindling numbers of people visiting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s national tourism agency has unveiled a new 'Travel Safe' campaign, which hopes to provide tourists with all of the latest information that they need to know, and to encourage visitors to return for holidays.

The ‘Travel Safe’ campaign

There will be a dedicated section on Spain’s official tourism website, which will include information such as local coronavirus restrictions and restaurant capacity. The section will include an interactive map of the country, where tourists will be able to find specific details for the area in which they are planning to stay.

The campaign is estimated to be costing around €2 million and is set to be in play for as long as Covid-19 safety measures remain in place.

Reyes Maroto, Spain's Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, said that he hoped the plan would generate “confidence among tourists to come to our country again."

However, it has not yet been confirmed whether or not Spain plans to lift current entry requirements for visitors as part of these plans.

Currently, it is mandatory for all passengers travelling by air or sea to Spain to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with:

  • contact information
  • details of any known history of exposure to Covid-19
  • confirmation that you are able to provide evidence (electronically or hardcopy) that you have undertaken a PCR (swab) test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and have tested negative for Covid-19

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) is currently advising against non-essential travel to both mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, “based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.”

However, the Canary Islands is excluded from this. Any travellers returning to the UK from anywhere in the Canaries do not need to self-isolate.

You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.