Holidays to Spain ‘back on this summer’ as vaccine passport trials begin

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Brits could be able to fly to Ibiza and Majorca this summer under new vaccine passport plans.

Governors for the Balearic islands met with Spanish tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto in Madrid yesterday to ask for a passport pilot scheme, which would allow tourists who could prove they have had the Covid-19 vaccine to return.

Tourism officials in Spain have previously committed to introducing Covid immunity passports.

If the scheme goes ahead, the islands, popular with British holidaymakers, could be the first to open their borders.

The Government is understood to be "increasingly positive" about summer holidays resuming this year.

Earlier this week, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly told BBC Breakfast talks with "international partners" over the prospect of introducing vaccine passports for foreign travel but refused to guarantee tourism would go ahead this summer.

Last year, a pilot scheme saw the islands invite thousands of German tourists a week before the rest of Spain re-opened to foreigners after a three-month lockdown.

Following the meeting in Madrid, the tourism minister for the islands Iago Negueruela said: "We have offered to become one of the first parts of Spain where the vaccine passport is trialled.

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"We showed with last year's pilot that we can work effectively and the Spanish government’s response to our proposal was very positive."

He went on: "We will focus our efforts from now on in becoming a lead region in the implementation of immunity certificates to facilitate mobility."

Last week Spain’s Secretary of State for Tourism Francisco Valdes told Brits: “We're looking forward to welcoming you again.

"The UK is among the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world and we aim to have at least 70% of our adult population immune by summer so I’d say to British people, 'Keep open your expectations regarding holidays in Spain'."

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