VACCINATED IRISH holidaymakers wishing to take a trip to Spain can do so without any restrictions from today.
As of 7 June, Spain has opened its borders for travellers from abroad in the hopes an influx of tourists will help kickstart the economy following a year of restrictions and lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The popular tourist country, which in usual times sees hundreds of thousands of Irish sunseekers each year, has succeeded in keeping Covid-19 cases down in recent months, and has reopened its borders as part of a significant easing of restrictions.
Irish tourists who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to the country without any other restrictions, as long as they can prove they have received both doses of the vaccine.
Even those who have not been vaccinated are welcome to the country, but must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours or a certificate of recovery showing they have recently had and recovered from the virus.
As reported by The Irish Mirror, a spokesperson for the Spanish tourism sector confirmed that the improving situation in Spain and across Europe has allowed for borders to reopen and holidays to resume.
In a short statement, they said:
"The improvement of the epidemiological situation in Spain and the developing progress in the vaccination roll-out, both in Spain and in many countries around the world, make it possible to ease the measures for entry into Spain for tourist purposes."
But while the sun-soaked country is welcoming vaccinated tourists without restrictions, the official advice in Ireland is that no non-essential trips abroad should take place, with the public encouraged instead to take 'staycations' on the Emerald Isle.
Upon returning to Ireland, those who have travelled abroad must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, must fill out a passenger locator form and quarantine at home for 14 days.