Spain, the country with one of the strictest lockdowns in world history, is preparing to re-open its borders at the end of June 2020.
The minister of transport, José Luis Ábalos, announced that when the Spanish will be allowed to move freely within their country, Spain will re-open its borders. He confirmed that there will be no restrictions for visitors as he pointed out: “No tourist wants to come on holiday to Spain to be in lockdown for 14 days.” According to Ábalos, they expect the country to re-open its borders as of the end of June if all continues to go well.
At present, anyone entering the country must by law, self-isolate for 14 days. The Spanish and residents in Spain have very limited movability. They cannot travel out of their province and in some cases, they cannot travel out of their city limits. Ábalos insisted that Spain will not open its borders until the Spanish and residents within the country can themselves move freely across the territory. Based on the positive development of the descaling programme actioned in four phases, they are quite confident that borders will re-open at the end of June, enabling tourists and visitors to move freely and without restrictions throughout the country.
It goes without saying that the “new normal” is something we all need to adjust to on a global scale. Hotels, restaurant and all public areas are subject to new, strict hygiene regulations. Social distancing among other new restrictions is going to become the norm. Whilst it will take some adjusting to, we need to realise that these new hygiene-related measures, are here to stay at least until a vaccine is found to protect us against COVID-19.
Spain is looking forward to receiving its guests over the summer. The weather forecasts show that this summer is going to be hot and sunny. Hotels are ready and prepared as are restaurants who have opened this week across Spain, respecting the new measures.