Spain wellcomes tourist back 10 days earlier than initially planned
Spain will reopen its borders for European travel on June 21st, 10 days earlier than initially planned
Spain will next Sunday re-establish free travel with fellow EU countries except Portugal, whose land border will remain closed until July 1st, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced.
Spain had previously planned to restart full EU travel on July 1st but decided to lift Â«border checks with all member countries on June 21st,Â» except with Portugal, Sanchez said in a televised speech on Sunday.
The country will also end its state of emergency at midnight on June 21st (the region of Galicia on June 15th) which will signal the end of the de-escalation plan (in place since early May) and the resumption of travel between regions.
The European Commission has asked all member states and Schengen area countries to open their borders by June 15th, but Pedro SÃ¡nchez’s government initially seemed unwilling to change the nationwide opening of its borders to EU travellers before July 1st.
Regional authorities in Spain, which actually have the freedom to open their borders to international travel during Phase 3 of de-escalation, have overwhelmingly decided not to do so.