The governments of Spain’s Canary and Balearic Islands have confirmed that strict Covid rules will be introduced to control a growing number of Omicron cases.
The Balearic Islands – which include Mallorca and Ibiza – are currently at risk level three in Spain’s national alert level, while Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma in the Canary Islands, are at a more serious level four risk. The neighboring towns of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura remain at risk level three.
Strict new measures mean that tourists, as well as residents, will no longer be allowed access to spas and saunas, and restrictions will also apply to beaches and swimming pools. SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Vaccine passes will continue to be used to enter places like nightclubs, which must remain closed in certain areas and only allow 25% of full capacity in places where they are allowed to open .
Due to the continued number of infections, regulations state that a maximum of six people can meet with the Covid passes needed to enter the bars.
In the Balearic Islands, where all resorts are at level three, restaurants can operate 100% outdoors, with a maximum of two people seated at the same table.
The rules state: “Only seated meals are authorized / maximum two people in a group with a distance of 1.50 m between groups / closing time: 00:00”.
All visitors to the Balearic or Canary Islands must complete a health check form before their trip. This requirement applies to all persons over the age of 12. Arrivals must also hold a valid vaccination pass, negative test result or certificate of recovery.
On the other hand, stricter rules apply to other travellers. People arriving in Spain from a third country must complete the health control form and present a vaccination certificate together with a negative test result which must be carried out before arrival.
From February 1, Spain will only accept vaccination certificates indicating that the holder received their last dose within the previous 270 days.
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This means that all people, regardless of their country of origin, who received their last dose of the vaccine more than nine months ago will need to be vaccinated to be allowed to enter Spain.
Government spokesman Iago Negueruela said the Covid passport program was a key method of increasing vaccination levels and controlling infections.
He said: “We are once again calling on those who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated, as they are putting their health and that of the rest of the population at risk.”
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