Spain is continuing to seek to establish a Europe-wide vaccination card or passport as a means of opening up to foreign tourism this summer. The economic affairs ministry has identified such a document as being of fundamental importance in enabling a recovery of tourism.
The tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, is committed to the idea of a vaccination passport and to looking to convince the European Commission. In interviews with Spanish media in recent days, the secretary of state for tourism, Fernando Valdés, has highlighted the importance of vaccination as one aspect of facilitating safe travel.
Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told journalists on Monday that the government plans to introduce vaccination certificates, or “passports”, into its safe travel corridor scheme, as “an element of safe mobility”.
“We already have safety protocols in place but we want to take another step to help restart travel as soon as the coronavirus situation allows for it,” she said, adding that the government is working with the EU and OECD to “adopt common protocols that give travellers the confidence that they can travel safely”.
These planned protocols, including vaccine passports, have already been approved for use in the Balearic Islands, including Ibiza.