Spain isn’t just planning to re-open to vaccinated travelers this summer, it’s planning to re-open to everyone in June. They expect to require one of,
- Proof of vaccination
- Negative Covid-19 test
- Proof of recovery within past 3 months
Children under 6 seem likely to be exempt from these requirements. However what proof systems look like in practice for everyone else is still being determined. It will likely be app-based, along the lines of Europe’s Green Passport regime, which attempts to reduce document fraud.
We’re seeing a race to re-open borders. The more heavily dependent a country’s economy is on tourism, the likelier it is to open. This summer seems set to be pretty good from a virus perspective, given rates or prior infection, vaccination, and likely seasonal effects. You can view the hoops you’ll need to go through to travel as being as much about creating a regime that lets government leaders appear responsible at the same time they’re opening up as much as they can as quickly as they can.
European travel won’t be completely ‘normal’ this summer. The U.K. has been touting June 21 as a day when its own citizens can expect a return to normalcy although even there it’s not entirely clear what that means. You’ll probably still be wearing a mask on the flight over and in the tube. Some social distancing regimes may still be in place.
My advice continues to be booking award travel that’s fully cancellable, planning for a trip while recognizing that circumstances with the virus can change. And deciding what level of normal is necessary for you to have a good time. Be willing to pull the plug on the trip if those conditions won’t be met. Predicting a couple of months out has been a challenge throughout the pandemic, though there’s real hope that it’s now becoming just a little bit easier.
The good news, perhaps, is that social distancing expectations make pickpockets on Las Ramblas juts a little bit easier to spot too.