Balearic Islands entry requirements change as Spain updates rules for Brits

The Balearic Islands entry requirements for Brits change under new Spanish rules and come into effect the same time they are added to the green list

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The Balearic Islands are added to the UK’s green list – but entry requirements for Brits are about to change.

Currently Spain allows British holidaymakers to visit without the need for a PCR test. However, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced this week that the rules are being changed.

Britons visiting Spain will now either have to prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid or have a negative PCR test result.

The new legislation is expected to come into force on July 2 and will cover Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics.

Mr Sánchez said the move comes as UK data shows infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 population based on the previous 14 days.”

Spain currently remains on the UK’s orange list, meaning returning Britons will have to self-isolate. However, starting June 30, the Balearics will be added to the Green List, meaning you won’t need to quarantine when you return.

This means that the travel rules for the Balearic Islands from June 30 are:

  • Proof of a full Covid vaccination, or a negative PCR test result to enter the islands
  • Back in the UK, no self-isolation or quarantine required. However, you will need to take a test before departure and take a PCR test on the second day.

If you’re planning a vacation in the Balearic Islands, the good news is that there are discounts on PCR testing. Most travel agencies have made deals for their customers – for example, TUI offers ‘greenlist’ test kits starting at £ 20 per person. (We also have a price comparison guide that includes brands like TUI, Jet2, Ryanair, and easyJet to give you a hand.)

Holidays in Mallorca and Ibiza hotspots are back on the cards


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As for choosing the right island for your vacation? Our guide to the Balearic Islands offers advice on which islands are best suited for everything from family vacations to romantic getaways – and where to find the cheap deals for July and August.

It should be noted that the rest of Spain remains on the UK’s orange list. While nothing prevents you from physically visiting, the government has urged people not to visit Orange List destinations for the holidays.

Not to mention that if the Foreign Office advises against travel to a country (as is the case with most Amber Lists), if you ignore it and travel, you risk risking thousands of pounds in additional costs.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding vacations, many travel companies are more lenient when it comes to the rules for changing your vacations. Companies such as British Airways, easyJet and Jet2 all offer free change policies, allowing you to book your trip at no cost.

However, if your travel agent is the one canceling the vacation, you are entitled to a refund.

You can find more information about the latest travel rules in Spain in the Travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain, as good as Spain’s Travel Safe website.

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