Spain hopes that tourism to the country can recover this year to about half its pre-corona pandemic levels. That’s what the Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said.
The southern European country has pinned hope on corona passports that must be ready before the summer season.
In 2019, more than 80 million foreign tourists came to Spain.
But as a result of the corona crisis and travel restrictions, the number of visitors plummeted by more than 80 percent in 2020 to 19 million, the lowest level since 1969.
In 2019, tourism accounted for about 12 percent of the Spanish economy and one in eight jobs in the country. Madrid believes that a corona passport should be rushed.
Travellers can get it if they have been vaccinated against corona, have recently tested negative or have produced sufficient antibodies against the virus.