Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, announced on Sunday that the country will bring forward the reopening of its borders with Schengen zone countries from July 1 to June 22, with the only exception being Portugal, which will remain excluded until July 1.
After being one of Europe’s worst-hit countries, with more than 27,000 deaths from coronavirus, Spain is anxious to salvage as much of this year’s tourist season as it can. Tourism accounts for almost 15 percent of the country’s GDP and the same percentage of jobs.
Last week Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto announced a “pilot scheme for the reactivation of tourism” in the Balearic Islands, involving nearly 11,000 German tourists. The Germans will be allowed to holiday from Monday, June 15, on Mallorca, Formentera, Menorca and Ibiza, arriving in small groups with strict health and safety measures in place.