How to safely enjoy your next holiday in Spain
The EU’s vaccine rollout is progressing and countries are starting to announce dates for reopening their borders. Spain, one of our favourite destinations for sun and city breaks, has recently announced its reopening plan so here are the key details you need to know…
How is Spain’s vaccination rollout progressing?
Similar to Ireland, Spain saw a peak of COVID-19 casese at the start of the year but as vaccines are administered, this has started to decrease. Spain is on target to vaccinate over two-thirds of its adult population by mid-August. Although the rate differs by region, over 24 million people have received at least one dose, with almost 5 million (16.8%) receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Here is how three of our favourite regions in Spain are doing:
- Canary Islands: 24.4% vaccinated and 11.4% fully vaccinated
- Balearic Islands: 25.4% vaccinated and 10.8% fully vaccinated
- Andalusia: 28.9% vaccinated and 31.5% fully vaccinated
When is Spain reopening to tourists?
Spain is reopening its borders to all vaccinated holidaymakers from June 2nd. This includes the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Although health and safety measures will still be in place, Spain is hoping to welcome up to 41 million tourists this year. Spain’s Tourism Minister has said that they will be ready to implement the new EU COVID-19 Certificate in June as it’s a country that depends heavily on tourism.
Although you won’t require a PCR test to visit Spain once you’re vaccinated, you will still need to complete a health monitoring form and have your temperature taken upon arrival. This form can be completed through the Spain Travel Health website or their Android/iOs app.
How can I safely enjoy my holidays in Spain?
Holidays will be slightly different for a while as health and safety measures remain in place and we relearn what it is to do “normal” things. These are some things you can do to ensure your holiday is as safe (and hopefully as relaxing) as possible.
Use technology to minimise contact
Our smartphones are an extension of our hands so it makes sense to utilise them for your holidays. Some ways you can use it include:
- Instead of printing off your boarding pass, save it on your phone to avoid unnecessary contact with the airport staff.
- Book restaurant tables and attractions in advance and keep the information needed on your phone.
- In restaurants, if you can read the menu online, do so instead of asking for a physical menu.
- Use contactless payments either with Apple Pay or Google Wallet. There is no €50 limit with this and there is no contact with the card terminal. If this isn’t accepted where you are, try to use your card as much as possible instead of cash.
- Radar COVID is the COVID-19 tracker app for Spain. Download this for your iPhone or Android phone before you go.
As we haven’t been able to travel abroad for over a year, make sure your travel insurance policy is up to date at least 7 days before you depart. Also, ensure your EHIC card hasn’t expired as this entitles you to healthcare in any EU state for free or at a reduced cost.
Face masks have now become an integral part of our life outside our homes. For the remainder of 2021 and most likely into 2022, they will be necessary for any holidays abroad. Make sure you have a sufficient amount of face masks for your holiday and, in particular, for your time in the airport, flight and journey to your hotel. Here’s a handy guide to decide the best type of face mask to choose for your travels.
Book in Advance
While booking your holiday in advance will get you the best deal and the most flexible payment options, don’t forget to book your activities in advance too. As there will still be limited numbers allowed into key tourist attractions, it’s best to book well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
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