British holidaymakers will be welcomed to Spain in June, the country’s tourism minister is reported to have confirmed.
Covid passports for summer holidays could be in place by the same month, with UK-EU talks to resume travel set to start in the next few days.
But Spain appears to have broken ranks from the EU and made its stance clear.
“June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain,” tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst told a conference in Mexico on Tuesday, reports The Sun.
“By then we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”
He added: “We are having close conversations with UK authorities and we are exchanging information on Spain’s digital system and the trial happening at our airports in May.”
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A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Transport reiterated to the Mirror tonight it would be announced by early next month whether travel abroad could resume by May 17 – and what the requirements for each country would be.
It comes as British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to hold travel talks with G7 counterparts on ways to safely reopen international travel.
If successful, this could mean jabbed Brits will be able to visit places like Spain, France, Italy and Germany in time for midsummer.
Conditions for entry could include digital proof of vaccination, a negative test or immunity, it has been reported.
This would create ‘travel corridors’ which could be be used by holidaymakers and business people to avoid tests and quarantine.
Spain, which was welcoming 17.4million Brits a year before the pandemic, is set to begin a trial of accepting digital passes for its own nationals at Spanish airports next month.
Along with Portugal and Greece, it has been urging the EU to re-open borders in an attempt to recoup losses felt over the last year.
Mr Verelst, speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s summit, also said he expected Spain to be on the ‘green list’ of Britain’s proposed traffic system for encouraging international travel.
This would mean returning travellers would not be required to quarantine.
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “We will confirm by early May if international travel can resume on 17 May and which countries will fall into which list determining the requirements for travel.”