Spain opens up with ‘Responsible Tourism’ seal to ensure hotels and other similar establishments strictly abide by the Health Ministry-approved safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The Secretary of State for Tourism has created the ‘Responsible Tourism’ seal for all the establishments including hotels and tourism enterprises that follow the guidelines approved by the Ministry of Health, for curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the tourism sector. 

The seal is free and can easily be downloaded from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism website after filling in a form in which the establishment shows its commitment to follow the guidelines. It’s however, personal and non-transferable, and will have to be renewed every year.  

 

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This seal is an element in our strategy to reposition ourselves as a safe tourism destination worldwide. In addition, it serves to recognise the responsibility of those entrepreneurs who make an effort to create a safe environment in their respective businesses not only for tourists but for their own workers and residents,” Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, said. 

Spain lifted border controls with all European Union member states from June 21, the end of the state of alarm, and will no longer impose quarantine on visitors. At the request of Portugal, it will continue to control the Portuguese border until June 30. At the same time, Europe has begun opening its internal borders but is not expected to have full internal mobility until July 1,” the country’s tourism website mentioned. 

 

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Spain tourism post the travel ban is likely to witness a couple of changes especially in the hospitality industry, such as the introduction of air purifiers, thermal cameras, temperature checks, disinfectant spray, bleached mat, digital menus, etc. Similarly, the cultural hotspots such as museums, and monuments have also resumed online bookings and have made tickets available in particular time slots only. They have also made face masks and temperature checks compulsory. Moreover, dancing has been banned in clubs and beach bars.  

As per schengenvisainfo.com, “On June 21, the first day that Spain reopened its borders, a total of 100 passenger aircraft from the Schengen Zone arrived at Spain from European Union and Schengen Zone countries.

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