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Sun-starved Britons flood to Mallorca after restrictions eased The quarantine rule had scared away many, but not all.

Beach-craving British tourists flocked to the Spanish island of Mallorca on Wednesday after London added the Balearic archipelago to its “green travel list”, boosting hopes for a better tourist season after a disastrous 2020.

Tourists stepping outside Palma de Mallorca’s airport expressed relief and gratitude to be back in the sunshine, with some saying they were lucky to have bought tickets early as prices soared in the past week.

The lifting of restrictions by Britain means holidaymakers will not have to quarantine for 10 days on return from the islands, as they still have to with the rest of Spain and most other countries.

The quarantine rule had scared away many, but not all.
“I booked two weeks ago and was prepared to quarantine for 10 days afterwards. We were just very lucky,” said Georgia Dover, 20.

A spokesperson for Spain’s Melia hotel chain said that in the 24 hours after Britain put the islands on the green list, bookings soared to the equivalent registered during 10 days in pre-pandemic 2019.

Underscoring the importance of the British market to Spain’s top destinations, authorities on the Canary Islands, which are not on the green list, recently slashed their forecast for annual tourist arrivals to 5 million from 8 million.

Infection concerns have returned to the fore as Spain’s 14-day infection rate rose over the past week https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/spain to 117 per 100,000 people – its highest since early June – led by cases among teenagers and young adults who have not been vaccinated.

Mallorcan authorities are investigating an outbreak among some 600 Spanish students celebrating the end of term.

A judge ruled on Wednesday that most of the group, who have been in enforced quarantine on the island since the weekend, could go free after testing negative, while 68 people who tested positive must remain isolated.

Rising cases in Britain https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-kingdom prompted Spain on Monday to demand a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination from British tourists – the same requirements as for European Union travellers – after having let them in freely for a month.

The government forecasts tourist arrivals will reach 45% of their pre-pandemic levels this summer and about 54% this year. That is a steep improvement from 10% in April.
Data from airport operator Aena showed flight reservations to the Balearic Islands over the next 12 months had reached 80% of their normal levels, compared with just 46% across Spain as a whole.

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No Masks on the beaches

The use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools will not be mandatory in the Balearic Islands if there is distance

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The use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools will not be mandatory in the Balearic Islands if there is a safety distance during the Easter holidays. This was announced this Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Patricia Gómez. This Wednesday afternoon a resolution will be signed so that the agents are clear that the regulations that prevail is that of the Autonomous Community during these days.

However, if a person goes to the beach with another who is not from their coexistence group, they do have to use it. It should be remembered that no more than six people can meet, belonging to two nuclei of coexistence.

The publication in the BOE of a new national standard that makes the use of the mask mandatory always in outdoor spaces, also on beaches and swimming pools, although the safety distance can be maintained, has caused much controversy. In the Balearic Islands, the use of a mask is mandatory in all outdoor spaces, except on beaches and swimming pools if the safety distance can be kept.

However, the Minister of Health , Carolina Darias, explained in the meeting she has held with the autonomous communities that the new national standard has been processed as a bill, but has recognized that it has been left out of context and has proposed to work a technical-legal proposal with the participation of the autonomous communities to modify it if there is consensus.

Man sunbathing with surgical mask.

However, Gómez has explained that the Balearic Islands understand that the regulations of the Islands are not exceeded with the new Law because it indicates “in accordance with the health authorities”, so the use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools remains in force only if the safe distance cannot be maintained. This has been determined by the technicians with whom the Government has consulted.

The Minister of Health hopes that in the inter-territorial council on Wednesday of next week this rule can be clarified and hopes that the use of the mask in the open air is not mandatory if the safety distance can be kept. In this sense, he has stated that the Law is not suspended, what is done is interpreting it. It has also specified that if the aforementioned rule were maintained, it would not be possible to smoke on the street either.

Concern about the arrival of the fourth wave

On the other hand, Gómez has indicated that at the national level there is concern because the accumulated incidence rises one or two points every day, the arrival of the fourth wave is feared. There has also been talk of the lethality incidence of the pandemic, which has dropped.

In the case of those over 65 , there are now more outbreaks outside of residences than inside, where there are only two outbreaks in all of Spain.

In addition, it has been insisted that the European Medicines Agency will reposition itself on the Astrazeneca vaccine next week.

Asked by people with pathologies who have not been vaccinated, she has answered that the objective is to be able to eliminate those over 80 years of age in mid-April and, subsequently, to lower the age range.

Regarding quarantines , the possibility of increasing it to 14 days is being analyzed, since the virus lasts longer with the British strain.

Easyjet

Easyjet will connect Palma with Birmingham from July

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The Easyjet airline has announced this Thursday a new Palma-Birmingham route from July 3, which will be operational until October 30 with three weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The company has already put the seats for this route up for sale , as well as those for two other new connections between Alicante and Malaga with Birmingham, which will begin at the end of June.

“We know that the desire to fly is still present,” said the general director of easyJet for southern Europe, Javier Gándara, who has insisted that they apply security measures and flexibility policies to allow “booking with confidence”.

EU Countries can come to Mallorca from June

Jet2 scheduling “massive” arrival of holidaymakers in Mallorca from June

Although a report in Travel Weekly about increased summer flights capacity being offered by Jet2 did not specifically mention Mallorca or the Balearics, there is a separate report from the Palma-based travel magazine Preferente which states that Jet2 have informed hoteliers in Mallorca that they have scheduled the “massive” arrival of British tourists on the islands from June 2.

May 17 is the date that Boris Johnson gave for foreign holiday trips to restart, and Jet2 will have specific flights from then, but the holiday push – it would appear – will really start in the first week of June.

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Season is starting

Mallorca is opening again for Tourism

Spanish residents won’t be allowed to travel to other Autonomous Communities at Easter, but tourists from other European Union countries, except the United Kingdom are allowed to come to Spain.

The Government and Autonomous Communities agreed to the Inter-territorial Council’s proposal to close all communities except the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, from March 26-April 9.

That means that tourists from the EU can come to Mallorca for Easter, but residents of the Island are banned from visiting relatives and friends on the Peninsula and restricted to socialising with people who live in the same home.

Tourists will still have to submit a negative PCR test carried out not more than 72 hours before arrival and they won’t be able to leave the Community they’re staying in.

According to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, the agreement specifies that in both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, entry will be allowed but not for domestic tourists.

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