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Holiday vaccine passports will be needed by British holidaymakers to visit Spain this summer, the country’s tourism minister has said.
Fernando Valdes Verelst told a tourism conference in Mexico that Spain would be ready to welcome back tourists using the EU’s “digital certificate” from June, with a pilot programme starting next month.
“Spain is going to be ready in June to tell all travellers worldwide that you can visit us,” he said.
There is, however, frustration from UK travel firms that the British Government has not confirmed more details about the resumption of international travel or how vaccine passports will work for Britons.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday morning that the UK will use its Test and Trace app as a vaccine passport, but it is not clear how that will fit in with the EU scheme.
Holiday airline Jet2, which has cancelled all flights up until June 24, said it was “disappointed at the lack of clarity” announced so far. It said its customers are booking “closer to departure” due to the uncertainty.
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