But Le Drian urged tourists to travel to the Iberian Peninsula with only vaccinations. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González said politicians should not panic; according to her, there is no reason to cancel the booked stays.
On Thursday, French Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune called on the French not to go on holiday to Spain and Portugal. He justified this by concerns about the rapid growth of new cases of coronavirus in these two countries and the more contagious delta variant. His words provoked great indignation in these countries. Politicians there say there is no cause for concern and fear that the words of a member of the French government may discourage many French tourists, who are very important to tourism in Spain and Portugal.
“There is no tourist protectionism on the part of France, we have the will to ensure health standards – tourism is key for both our countries … Vaccination is the gateway to Spain,” Le Drian said after the meeting in Madrid. “It is time for caution, not panic. At the moment, there is not a single reason why people should cancel their holidays,” the head of Spanish diplomacy told a news conference.
Due to the covidu-19 pandemic, Spain has had to practically write off last year’s tourist season and hopes that the revival of tourism will help it recover its economy this year. However, the rules for travel often change from one European country to another, which discourages travelers due to uncertainty. Germany announced today that it will rank Spain among high-risk countries from Sunday. By contrast, Britain has abolished mandatory quarantine since July 19, after returning from Spain and dozens of other countries, which could significantly help the tourism sector in the south of the continent.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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