Ibiza will not require travellers to take a coronavirus test or quarantine upon arrival this summer, as Mixmag reports.
Officials in Ibiza even went as far to say they want to be the first place in the world to allow tourists to enter using a vaccine certificate or ‘passport’ as it’s also been called.
Spain will be part of the European Union’s ‘Digital Green Certificate’ scheme which allows travellers to show if they’ve had a vaccine, a negative test result or immunity from the virus due to having had it recently, via a QR code.
The QR code will be free to access and countries like Spain and its Balearic islands, which have an economy that relies heavily on tourism, hope that the certificate will unlock a successful summer of safe international travel.
Alfredo González, Spain’s general secretary of Digital Health, Information and Innovation, said: “This certificate is not a passport, it’s not a travel document, and it’s not a requirement for travel. It’s a mechanism that will facilitate mobility in the European Union. It will respect data protection, safety and privacy. It is planned so that it will not be discriminatory, and that is one of the major advantages.”
Spain is aiming to welcome 40m tourists this summer – half the number that visited the country before the pandemic in 2019 – and has been working to implement a vaccine certificate since February.