Brits to ‘jet to Spain under green corridor’ plan to welcome vaccinated tourists

Holidaymakers could soon be jetting off to Spain under a new "green corridor" plan for vaccinated Brits, the country’s tourism minister said.

Travellers from the UK with vaccine passports may also be able to skip lengthy queues at the Greek border in an effort to resume inter-Europe travel.

Fernando Valdés, Spain’s tourism chief, told Bloomberg TV the country is in "discussions" with the "UK" as the "British market" is the country’s main holiday marker.

He said the government will be "thinking of other corridors" with more countries to help "restart tourism flows" in summer 2021 season.

The scheme could be up and running by May, according to reports, the earliest possible date Brits might be able to travel from under Boris Johnson's lockdown plans.

Mr Valdés said: "Right now we have discussions with our colleagues in the UK,' Valdés told Bloomberg TV.

"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."

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It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed discussions about vaccine passports with other EU countries had begun.

He said the Government in the UK is "working with out international partners on the need for certification" from those who have been vaccinated.

Mr Hancock said: "We are absolutely working with our international partners on the need for certification in terms of having had a vaccine to be able to travel to another country."

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Greek authorities told The Sun Greece is at an "advanced stage" of talks over the new travel system.

The country's Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, had been pushing European leaders to adopt vaccine passports, allowing those with jabs to travel, since January.

Mr Mitsotakis suggested vaccines would not be mandatory for travel, but that those with vaccination certificates should be allowed to come and go freely.

Deputy Prime Minister Akis Skertsos expanded on the idea last week, saying that the process for non-vaccinated tourists would be 'slower'.

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