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Spain will open the land borders with Portugal and France on June 22 once the state of alarm is lifted, which was extended this Wednesday until June 21. Further, The 14-day quarantine imposed since last May 15 on all people arriving in Spain from these two countries will be eliminated. The measure was announced this Thursday by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, at a breakfast with correspondents from the foreign press.

Our country plans to lift the quarantine to foreign tourists on July 1 to facilitate the arrival of international tourism, but now the Government reciprocally deletes this restriction with its border countries, Portugal and France. That is to say, Spanish citizens will also be able to travel to France and Portugal without having to keep the 14-day quarantine. Maroto commented in the meeting with the press that it is about moving to the rest of the countries that Spain is a safe destination to enjoy the summer holidays.

As for the land borders with France and Portugal, These have been closed since March 17, after a decree covered by the state of alarm. In it, road access was prevented to any citizen from France or Portugal except in the case of a person residing in Spain, cross-border workers or consular or diplomatic members and anyone who accredits a situation of need or force majeure.

German tourism revival

In the meeting with the international press, Reyes Maroto has discussed other issues with the correspondents, all of them designed to revive tourism in our country, a key aspect for economic recovery, since it is a sector that represents 12% of GDP. In this sense, the minister explained that she works together with the Ministries of Transport and Foreign Affairs in a Pilot project to bring 6,000 German tourists already in June, an experience that would allow the application of security protocols both at destination and mobility. In addition, it would help to re-attract tourists from Germany.

The Government, in contact with the United Kingdom

Finally, Maroto has also detailed that Spain is Contact the UK authorities and tour operators to reactivate the British market, the main source of tourists to our country. In addition, it has ensured that the quarantine 14 days imposed since May 15 will be built based on reciprocity agreements with the different countries, in which the evolution and control of the COVID-19 disease will be mainly taken into account.