Reyes Maroto, Spain's tourism minister

Reyes Maroto, Spain's tourism minister.

22-02-2021Efe

Spain's tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, said on Monday that travel corridors incorporating the vaccination certificate will be used "as an element of safe mobility".

The minister explained that the Spanish government is working on the vaccination certificate (or passport) with the EU and the OECD and is "leading an initiative to adopt common protocols and generate the confidence that travellers need in order to once more make safe trips".

Maroto added that "as we move forward", information will be given as to how this certificate will be applied. It is, she stressed, a "priority". Mobility has to be recovered, "but with security". Therefore, the certificate/passport "will be available to governments and the whole of the tourism sector in order to guarantee the restart of safe travel".

The minister observed that Spain was "a pioneer" in the implementation of tourist travel corridors. "We already have the protocols that were approved for the Balearics and the Canaries, and we are working with Andalusia, Catalonia and Valencia so that, as soon as they can be used, they will be a tool to restart travel."

Spain, Maroto stated, has been very "proactive" in this regard. "Tourism is a priority sector ... and we are equipping ourselves with the tools to restore safe mobility."

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Steve Riches / Hace 10 days

It's normal for many countries not to let you in without proof of having received certain vaccines eg. Yellow Fever, Polio, Cholera. So what makes Covid any different? I uphold the right of anypne NOT to be vaccinated BUT you should then accept that there will be places that will not let you in. Your choice.

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KJ / Hace 12 days

Luckily Boris in UK is coming to his senses! “The UK government reassured people on Tuesday they will not face major restrictions if they refuse to have a coronavirus jab with officials considering a recent Covid-19 test result as an alternative to ‘vaccine passports’.” Good luck with Spain if they forces people to get vaccinated to enter the country. They will loose big time. Testing is a good way to handle this.

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Lisa / Hace 13 days

Let us hope that the protocol says that either side of the ‘safe corridors’ will need to be vaccinated.

It does appear that vaccine passports will play an important role in getting tourism established again. But the first vital job is to get the Balearic Islands population vaccinated.

That’s the mountain to climb now.

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