The Balearic Islands are the latest vacation hotspot to declare that they will be open to British tourists in a few weeks.
The region, which includes Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, is set to welcome tourists – even though the UK government is not allowing international travel until May 17 at the earliest.
Authorities hope to take advantage of an easing of restrictions in Germany to revive tourism and challenge Greece, Cyprus and Turkey as the most popular Mediterranean destination for British holidaymakers.
The first German tourists are expected to arrive in Mallorca before the end of the month, paving the way for British holidaymakers.
The region has already announced that it wants to be the first to allow the return of foreign tourists with vaccine passports.
Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela said: âThe Balearics are working hard to recover demand as quickly as possible.
âThe islands are a safe destination and our aim is to establish safe corridors with the regions of Germany that ensure the arrival of German tourists this summer.
“It is only in this way that the Balearics will once again become the tourist reference that they have always been, as we demonstrated last summer when, despite the difficulties, we were the Spanish region which attracted the most foreign tourists. in July and August. “
The President of the Balearic Islands Francina Armengol insisted on the fact that “from April and June, we will be the first tourist destination in the Mediterranean” and that in the Balearics there will be “a slow and very controlled de-escalation to avoid contagion peaks “.
Spain’s Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said she wanted to be a pioneer in introducing immunity passports and confirmed that her ministry was pursuing the idea.
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âWe want to be pioneers and we are the most active champions of digital vaccine passports to facilitate international mobility. “
She went on to refer to last year’s pilot program in the Balearic Islands, which involved thousands of German tourists allowed into the islands a week before Spain officially reopened its borders to foreign holidaymakers after a closure of three months.
She added: âWe were pioneers with the Balearic Travel Corridor, becoming the only country to open during the pandemic, and we are working to become pioneers again and put our foot on the accelerator.
âWe have created an interministerial commission to facilitate the use of Covid digital certificates and to be able to launch a pilot project to test their effectiveness when the pandemic allows us to do so. “