Balearic Covid progress, restrictions and entry requirements

by Lorraine Williamson
Entry requirements to the Balearics
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BALEARICS – Restrictions and entry requirements are the same for Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera with effect from June 4.

And as such, the official BOIB has been released. For the Balearic Islands this means there is now no longer a curfew in place. However, following recent incidents at the weekend involving street parties, Tourism minister and government spokesperson, Iago Negueruela, stressed on Monday that these (botellón) had been outlawed. This rule was in place before the pandemic and regulations and therefore not specific to the control of Covid-19.

Bylaws

Speaking at the post-cabinet meeting press conference, Negueruela said that town halls have bylaws against the botellón.  And as such, address “security issues, not just those to do with the pandemic and public health”.

However, after the initial street parties, things on Sunday were “quite a bit quieter” than they had been on previous nights following the lifting of the curfew.

Furthermore, with regard to nightlife on the islands, steps are being taken to create a framework to start easing restrictions. A pilot will be carried out later this month in Mallorca and Ibiza.

Restrictions

Other restrictions still in place allow social or family gatherings inside at a maximum of 10 people with 15 outdoors. Although 100% capacity on the terraces of bars and restaurants is now permitted, smoking is not. A maximum group of 10 people at a table outdoors is acceptable with indoors operating at maximum 50% and up to 6 people per table. Closure of establishments is at latest midnight depending on the license. The wearing of facemasks is still mandatory.

Entry requirements

You can now travel to the Balearics for any reason but may be subject to requirements on entry and must follow the current restrictions particular to the island. Also, you should make yourself aware of regulations that may be required on your return to your home country.

For those travelling to the islands, the Balearic government has implemented a series of controls to be followed on arrival. These include ensuring people should not travel if they already have symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing within the last 14 days. You should not travel if you have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Certain documentation will also be required. You must pass a document control by presenting the QR code you obtained when filling in and sending the digital health control form (FCS). The form is generally considered a responsible declaration. There is some helpful information contained in this official video.

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Spanish residents entry requirments

For Spanish residents of autonomous communities or cities where there is a cumulative incidence of 14 days in excess of 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants who wish to enter the Balearic Islands, by air or sea, must be fully vaccinated or should adhere to the above regulations.

It also affects people living in the Balearic Islands who return after a journey of more than 72 hours.

Currently, you must comply with this health check if you are travelling from:

Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, Basque Country, La Rioja

Domestic visitors travelling from regions with an incidence below 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days do NOT have to comply with any health checks. At the moment, this list contains the Valencian Community and Ceuta.

However as the situation is constantly changing, prior to travel you should consult the list of autonomous communities which is updated in accordance with the epidemiological data published on the website of the Ministry of Health.

Progress

According to official website of the Govern Illes Balears, there has been no new cases in Ibiza or Formentera in the last 24 hours. In Mallorca there have been 21, and 3 in Menorca. There are currently 14 people in ICU throughout the island group. The overall current infection rate is 0.81%

45.7% of the islands have received one vaccine while 23% have received both doses. Infection rate is falling and the number of those vaccinated is increasing.

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