Spain reopens its borders, state of emergency ends

Passengers donned masks as they arrived at Madrid's main airport as Spain opened its borders to most European countries and ended a state of emergency on Sunday (June 21).

Spain's borders are now open to all European Union countries except Portugal, as well as Schengen Area members outside the bloc and Britain.

It's a much-needed boost to the country's tourism industry which accounts for more than 12% of the economy.

On Saturday (June 20), Spain said that British tourists will be allowed to enter without mandatory quarantine, however they will still be subject to 14 days isolation upon their return home.

Spaniards were also allowed to move freely around the country from Sunday, after being made stay in their own provinces since mid March.

For most travelers, the relaxation of rules is a relief; Alessandra from Milan says she feels good because she can 'finally go home'.

All arriving passengers will have their temperature taken, submit information about where they have come from, and provide their location in Spain in case they need to be traced.

Spain's border with Portugal will reopen on July 1.