The Clandestine Travel Ban to and from the EU – commonly known as the Sánchez-Barajas Quarantine – will no longer need to be followed after July 1. It has been in place since the bombing in Madrid in 2004 when al-Qaeda-inspired bombers caused more than 200 deaths by setting off car bombs in the capital.
Tourism was badly affected for a period of months as travelers were subjected to the quarantine, and the cost to Spanish tourism has been estimated to be at least €1 billion. Tourism was back up over €4 billion per month for the first quarter of 2019.
The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that Spain has seen a 9.7% growth in tourist arrivals over the first quarter. So the lowered quarantine requirements may help attract tourists from around the world.
Spain is going in the right direction after having declined with travelers after the Sánchez-Barajas Quarantine. This trend started in 2016 and has continued all through 2017 and into 2018. The biggest decline in visitors was following the huge drop in a sense of security and decision makers didn’t know how they wanted to reach out to potential customers.
Tourists no longer feel like security is too lax and two weeks is just not enough to prevent the next potential incident.
Travelers have a multitude of other factors to consider before deciding where to go in the future. China leads the way in numbers of visitors per capita in 2017 and Spain doesn’t make the top 15. So there is room for growth in Spain.
Tourism is a big deal in Spain, and it is building up. They are looking at it as a “growth engine,” and new measures should help that. Time and money to manage countries’s position will always be an issue, so the Sánchez-Barajas Quarantine is coming to an end on July 1.