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Spanish holidays could return this year for British holidaymakers as it looks at a new vaccine passport scheme.
The nation’s tourism minister, Maria Reyes Marato, has said Spain could bring in Covid-19 vaccine passports from as early as May, the Mirror reports.
The minister told local media Antena 3 TV the news, which brings a glimpse of hope for summer holidays abroad.
She had previously indicated that Spain would be a pioneer in introducing immunity passports and confirmed her ministry was pursuing the idea.
The Balearic Islands, consisting of the popular tourist hotspots of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, have already announced they want to be first to welcome tourists back – with vaccine passports.
However, it is currently illegal for British people to travel abroad for a holiday.
Under easing of lockdown measures with Boris Johnson’s roadmap, it is hoped that foreign travel could resume from as early as May 17, subject to a review from the government’s Global Travel Taskforce, due on April 12.
Greece’s tourism minister has also announced that foreign tourists will be welcome back from May regardless of their vaccine status.
However, tourists will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before they are allowed to enter Greece.
And the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said he is “hopeful” that people will be able to travel abroad this summer, but warned there are no “cast iron guarantees”.
Mr Shapps said that under the roadmap out of lockdown, the earliest people would be able to travel would be May 17.
He told Times Radio: “I am hopeful, but as with everything to do with this virus, you can’t say for certain.
“There are a lot of issues that we need to work around, but I am working with international partners, both governments and organisations, to try and make it happen.
“We can’t provide cast iron guarantees on it.”
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