Tuesday, June 8, 2021

6,000 Tourists Arrived at Spain’s Alicante Airport on First Day of Border Reopening

Spain’s coastline Costa Blanca saw a total of six thousand tourists on June 7, just a day after the country officially started welcoming vaccinated people from all over the world.

Except for citizens of territories that recently have reported a high number of COVID-19 infections, such as Brazil, India and South Africa, Spain now permits all vaccinated travellers from non-EU and Schengen Zone countries to enter its regions for non-essential purposes in order to help the tourism sector recover from the damages caused by the virus, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Arrivals of a total of 123 flights that had been scheduled at Alicante-Elche airport were allowed to enter Spain yesterday without being subject to additional requirements provided they presented a COVID-19 vaccine passport.

Such certificates already introduced by some European countries aim to ease travel for people who have taken the vaccine against the virus, who have recovered from the disease, or those who carry a negative result of the COVID-19 test.

Citizens coming from territories profoundly affected by the virus, such as Brazil, India and South Africa, are also permitted to enter Spain; however, they will be required to follow a ten-day mandatory quarantine rule upon their arrival.

On June 7, nearly 12,000 travellers passed through Alicante-Elche airport terminal on the 123 flights scheduled by Aena. Twenty-four of these flights were to and from the United Kingdom.

Due to the low number of COVID-19 infections, Britons are not required to show a negative result of the Coronavirus or follow quarantine rules upon their arrival in Spain; however,  the latter continues to remain on the UK’s medium risk list, meaning that arrivals from Spain to Britain are obliged to stay self-isolated for ten days and undergo testing process upon their arrival in the UK.

On Monday, the Alicante-Elche airport had connections with the following destinations; London, Eindhoven, Liverpool, Brussels, Moscow, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Milan, Dublin, Zurich, Rotterdam, Oslo, Teeside, Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth and Bristol.

Yesterday, authorities in Spain announced that they opened their doors to arrivals from countries outside the Schengen Zone and the European Union vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Although the EU has revealed its plans to introduce such documents for all EU citizens and certain categories of travellers from third countries by July 8, nine countries have launched such a system a month ahead of the deadline. 

According to the World Health Organization figures, more than 3,693,000 persons have tested positive for the virus in Spain, while more than 80,000 persons have died.

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