A summer without tourists in Spain. In June, when the restriction measures to contain the advance of the pandemic became more flexible, the arrival of international visitors plummeted 97.7% in the country, according to the Statistics of Tourist Movements at Borders (Frontur) collected by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
The entity explains that the data was collected from June 15, when German tourists were allowed to visit the Balearic Islands, and from June 21 for the whole of Spain. With everything, the INE indicates that the end of the state of alarm “has not meant the suppression of access controls to Spain through different channels, so that although it has not been in force since June 21, there are certain limitations ”.
The Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also closed June downward. Total spending by international tourists who visited Spain in the sixth month of the year decreased by 98.6% compared to the same month in 2019. Spending per tourist decreased by 40.8%, to 651 euros.
The declaration of the state of alarm on March 14 and the provisions of March 16, by which the borders were closed, and that of March 21, by which travel restrictions were applied, left Spain without tourism for two months. In April and May, the arrival of international visitors and tourist spending in the country was nil.