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Spain: closed to domestic tourism but open to Europeans

Spain’s tourism sector remains in an induced coma after nearly a year of record low activity. A surge in infections at the beginning of 2021 led to new mobility restrictions across the European continent, but in Spain this created a paradoxical situation: while travel across regional borders was largely prohibited, international visitors were still allowed into the country.
The contradiction can be explained by the fact that, under the second state of alarm, it is the country’s regional governments who are in charge of deciding their own coronavirus measures. This is in contrast with the March-to-June period last year, when the central government made all the key decisions under the emergency powers granted by the first state of alarm.

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