Spain’s Balearic Islands implement new entry requirements for British tourists

Jun 28, 2021

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Spain’s Balearic Islands have changed its entry requirements for British travellers amidst growing concern over the Delta variant of the coronavirus as it continues to spread rapidly in the U.K.

British travellers bound for Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera will now need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or proof of full vaccination for at least 14 days to enter.

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The move follows the islands’ addition to the U.K.’s lowest-risk green list. Last Thursday, the U.K. added the Balearic Islands to its green lists, which do not require a quarantine on return home but still requires a pre-departure COVID-19 test as well as a test within two days of arrival back in the U.K. The Balearic Islands will officially join the green list as of 4 a.m. on 30 June.

Last month, Spain announced that it had done away with all testing and vaccination requirements for British travellers to lure tourists back. That has changed, and in 72 hours — presumably Thursday morning — the changes will take effect.

Related: All 27 countries and territories that are on the UK’s green list

“What we are going to do is apply to British tourists who go to the Balearic islands the same requirements we make of other European citizens,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told Cadena SER radio. “They will need a full dose of vaccine or a negative PCR.”

Note that this new testing and vaccination requirement applies only to British travellers entering the Balearics. It appears as though British travellers entering mainland Spain are still not subject to the testing or vaccination requirement.

However, keep in mind that mainland Spain remains on the U.K.’s amber list, which requires a 10-day quarantine on return to the U.K.

Related: What kind of COVID-19 test do I need to travel and how much does it cost?

Less than one day after the green list announcement last Thursday, Malta made similar changes to its arrival policy for British travellers. Unvaccinated British arrivals have to quarantine upon arrival in Malta, however, fully vaccinated arrivals are exempt.

Related: Malta imposes new restrictions for UK travellers that could hinder holiday plans

Additionally, Portugal has announced a new 14-day quarantine requirement for unvaccinated British tourists. Portugal’s newest restriction will last until at least 11 July.

The move from all three destinations comes amidst growing concern over the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the virus. German chancellor Angela Merkel previously said that the EU should enforce a mandatory quarantine on all British tourists, designating the U.K. as a “country of concern.”

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