Spanish tourists will be able to travel to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera in the Spanish Balearic Islands without a Covid test from Sunday May 23.
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National tourists will be able to go on vacation to the Balearics from Sunday without testing provided they have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine or live in a region with a cumulative incidence rate of less than 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants .
Regional President Francina Armengol said visitors from mainland Spain will need to have received at least the first dose of vaccine 15 days before their trip to enter without having to test negative.
However, unvaccinated tourists from areas with a higher incidence of cases will need to be tested at ports and airports on the islands.
Until now, any passenger residing in another region had to carry a negative PCR to enter the Balearics.
But under the new relaxed measures, unvaccinated domestic travelers will only have to present a negative antigen test and not a PCR, the former being much cheaper.
“The Balearic Islands wish to issue a special invitation to domestic tourists to visit Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera this summer in order to reactivate the economy, especially given the uncertainty of international tourism,” said Armengol.
She stressed that the arrival of domestic travelers will be “extremely relevant” to the islands, whose two main markets are normally the UK and Germany.
The the Balearic Islands are on the “green light” of safe places in Germany, while the The British government has recommended “stays” as opposed to travel to Spain and refused to allow travel to regions or islands off the country’s coast, even though covid levels are very low, instead insisting that the country as a whole should be classified as only one; for the moment the classification is amber, which requires a quarantine on return.
IMAGE: Tourism of Mallorca