Editor’s note – 27 Oct 2020
The year 2020 will go down in history as many people’s ‘Annus Horribilis’. At the time of writing this, most of Europe is going through the second wave of COVID-19, Spain has had 1.1 million cases with over 35,000 deaths and is one of the worst infected regions in Europe. The UK isn’t fairing so well either with 895,000 cases and 45,000 deaths.
There is no doubt about it, the travel and tourism industry in the Balearic Islands and the rest of the world is in dire straits and there is no sign that things will get better in the immediate future.
On this page, we will keep you informed about the latest COVID-19 travel guidance to the Balearic Islands.
27 October 2020:
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country. The Canary Islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.
The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on 25 October. You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.
On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate. However, you will be subject to the following three requirements:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
- Temperature check
- Undergo a visual health assessment
On 25 October, the Spanish government declared a nationwide State of Emergency with further mobility restrictions and curfews.
Bars will no longer be able to use their countertops to serve food or beverages to customers.
All orders must be taken from tables; which can sit a maximum of six people.
The use of a face mask remains mandatory unless you are eating or drinking.
The sale of alcohol in shops in prohibited after 10pm.
Weddings, communions and baptisms are limited to 25 people (indoors) or 50 people (outdoors).
Places of worship must cap their capacity to 30% and singing should be avoided.
Gyms must also cap capacity to 30%. Group classes must have no more than 15 people.
Social gatherings have been reduced from 10 people to six people in Ibiza and Mallorca.