Spain's tourism minister is reportedly considering introducing a 'green corridor' to allow vaccinated Brits to holiday in his country even if the UK and EU can not find an agreement on vaccine passports.
Fernando Valdes told Bloomberg that Spain is in discussions with the UK about introducing a green travel to welcome back British tourists.
Mr Valdes said Spain is working with the EU to restore tourism, but is also making plans with third party countries including the UK, in case the EU can not come to an agreement on vaccine passports. The UK left the EU in January 2021.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Mr Valdes said : "Right now we have discussions with our colleagues in the UK.
"For us the British market is our main market. But obviously since we are a member of the European Union, the solutions have first to be part of the discussions with the EU.
"And obviously if that cannot be reached, we will be thinking of other corridors like green corridors with third countries that can help us restart tourism flows."
People will need to be provided with the ability to certify that they have had a coronavirus vaccination, Matt Hancock has said.
The Health Secretary told MPs “it is clear” that individuals will need a way of showing that they have had a jab, but that those who cannot be inoculated for medical reasons will “absolutely” be taken “into consideration”.
Speaking during a ministerial statement on the pandemic in the Commons, Conservative Sir Edward Leigh said: “I received an email from a lady this morning who is extremely clinically vulnerable and she, for perfectly good medical reasons, can’t receive a flu jab or a Covid jab.
“So she is very concerned she won’t be able to leave her front door if we bring in Covid passports.
“So for reasons of civil liberties, will the Secretary of State make absolutely clear that we’re not interested in bringing in Covid passports internally.
“But they are useful for foreign travel, and I say to (Jonathan Ashworth) that with the benefit of hindsight perhaps we should have introduced a hotel quarantine system much sooner.
“But can the Secretary of State make clear that he will resist the travel lobby and will absolutely be upfront and be honest with people and say it is very unwise to book summer holidays now – there may be these mutants – it is better just to hold off.
“I think people accept the Government being tough as long as the Government is consistent, particularly on foreign travel.”
Mr Hancock replied: “The point about certification is an important one and whilst the decisions on certification are being currently reviewed in a review led by (Michael Gove), it is clear that we will need to provide people with the ability to certify whether they have had the jab.
“And we will need to absolutely take into consideration those who have a certified clinical reason why they can’t have the jab – which does apply to a relatively small number of people – but it is an important consideration that will be taken forward as part of that work.”
The Health Secretary refused to be drawn on whether people should be booking summer holidays, although he has reserved his own family trip to Cornwall.
The UK will have to remove its hotel quarantine requirement for people returning to the UK if international summer holidays are to go ahead. The Government's roadmap out of lockdown says non-essential foreign trips could be allowed from May 17 at the earliest.
England's Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van Tam said foreign holidays in will depend on countries' vaccines programmes and what other nations "say and do".
He told a news briefing on Monday March 1: "We are still in a zone of great uncertainty about what the virus will do next.
"On top of that, many of the vaccination programmes in Europe - which is a place where we frequently go on holiday abroad - are running behind ours.
"Clearly, whether we can go on holiday abroad to places such as Europe depends on what other countries will say and do in terms of foreign tourism.
"There has to be great uncertainty at the moment."