Spain has decided it’s not going to wait for the European Union to formally set a date to begin admitting vaccinated travelers from outside the 27-nation zone: It will open its borders beginning June 7.
The New York-based Tourist Office of Spain confirmed the news to USA TODAY Friday.
Travelers will have to show proof they received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or their single Johnson & Johnson injection at least 14 days prior to entering Spain.
In a bit of good news for families, Spain will also admit unvaccinated minor children as long as they are in the same traveling group as their vaccinated parents. Children 6 and up will need a COVID negative test, however.
Spain will notyet welcome unvaccinated Americans over 18, regardless of a negative COVID test.
Travelers must complete a health questionnaire before departing their home city.
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United Airlines applauded the news and said it will resume flights to Spain. Beginning in July, it will offer service five times a week between metropolitan New York and Barcelona and six times a week to Madrid.
United said it saw a spike in bookings when the prospect of summer travel to Europe emerged in late April, building on strong bookings for destinations that have already reopened to Americans, including Greece and Croatia.
Spain isn’t the only EU member country to join that list this week: Austria announced it would welcome Americans with at least one round of vaccination.
Neighboring Germany has also announced rules for admitting vaccinated travelers, along with Bulgaria and Romania.
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