Last week, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, warned against “avoid Spain and Portugal as a destination“Since the French government plans to restrict travel to these countries, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Arancha González Laya, Spain’s Foreign Minister, said the current rise in COVID-19 infections is not leading to more hospitalizations and advised people to be ” proportionateOn how they approach the current stage of the pandemic.
“Now is the time for caution, not panic. There is no reason at this time to ask people to cancel their vacations ”, she said.
On the other hand, French Foreign Minister Yves Le Drian noted that vaccination against the virus is a must before traveling, saying that “the vaccine is the gateway to Spain ”.
Tourism is a vital sector for the economies and jobs of the Iberian countries as it accounts for the bulk of the GDP income in the respective countries, and losing European tourists such as the French would be a big blow.
Previously, Germany had announced that Spanish travelers would face additional restrictions as the rates of COVID-19 cases in Spain were steadily increasing. As a result, since July 11, Spanish nationals traveling to Germany must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of recent recovery from the virus or negative test results.
Travelers vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen) are exempt from the entry restriction in quarantine, provided they present the vaccination certificate.
In the past 24 hours, data from the World Health Organization shows that Spain has not reported any deaths or positive cases for COVID-19.
As of July 12, the European Disease and Control Prevention shows that 69.2% of the country has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, while 49.9% of the population is fully vaccinated.
As SchengenVisaInfo.com previously reported, Germany imposed strict entry requirements on Portugal, only allowing non-essential travel to the country last week.
The change in entry restrictions for arrivals from Portugal only came after the EU executive and the Portuguese prime minister criticized Germany’s move, saying it did not align not on the EU’s approach to completely facilitate travel for the summer season.