Vaccine passports could let Brits holiday in Spain this summer without isolating

Scorching hot beaches and sangria may be just months away for Brit tourists as Spanish travel bosses look into vaccine passports for travellers.

Spain's tourism chief Fernando Valdes has said he reckons airlines and travel firms could work together to allow vaccinated people to travel abroad, the Sun reports — and they may not even have to isolate upon their arrival.

The news will be welcomed by exhausted Brits who have been locked down all winter as coronavirus cases surged around the country.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps also wants to develop vaccine certificates for travellers, while Greece and Portugal look into similar schemes.

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Mr Valdes said: "The UK is among the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world.

"In Spain, we aim to have at least 70 per cent of the adult population immune by summer so I’d say to British people, ‘Keep open your expectations regarding holidays in Spain. We’re looking forward to welcoming you again’.”

He confirmed some kind of vaccine passport or certificate would be involved, alongside wearing face masks and social distancing.

Valdes also said Brits travelling to Spain would be able to enjoy the blistering summer sun immediately when they arrive, with no plans to make tourists isolate for 14 days.

However, Brits may have to produce a negative coronavirus test before stepping on the flight.

He added: “We’re going to keep all these measures as long as necessary to let tourism recover gradually and as the pandemic evolves.

"New vaccines approved by the European Authority will give us the necessary impulse to achieve our plan.”

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