Spain to welcome international cruises again from June 7
Spain will allow cruise ships to dock at its ports from June 7, the transport ministry said on Saturday, hoping to save the country’s tourism sector in time for the summer season.
Spanish maritime authorities have approved the reopening due to falling COVID-19 incidence rates and an increase in vaccinations, according to an order published in the Spanish official gazette on Saturday.
Spain banned cruise ships from docking at its ports in June 2020 as the pandemic tore Europe apart. A number of large-scale spraying events have been linked to cruise ships around the world.
“Shipping companies will have to comply with the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health … to guarantee total safety, both for cruise passengers and for the cities where they disembark,” the Ministry of Transport tweeted on Saturday.
He added that before the pandemic, Spain was the second most popular destination for international cruises in Europe.
Spain, which was also the second most visited country in the world before the health crisis, was one of the most affected countries in Europe, recording more than 79,000 coronavirus deaths and 3.7 million cases. Foreign tourism fell 80% last year as a series of restrictions crippled the sector.
But with infection rates falling, vaccinations on the rise and most regions able to lift curfews, Spain plans to reopen its vital tourism industry this summer.
Last week, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain would allow people from all over the world to enter the country from June 7, provided they are vaccinated.