Ibiza and Menorca set to welcome tourists back over summer as Covid rules ease
Beach holidays in Ibiza and Menorca could soon be almost back to normal as the Balearic Islands are expected to be added to the green list within two weeks.
British tourists will also be allowed to head to Spain’s glorious beaches without a negative Covid test on arrival from Monday May 21.
The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, are expected to be added to the UK’s green list on May 31, as cases are lower there than in the rest of Spain.
And government officials on the islands believe holidays will be how they used to be.
One official told the Today programme: “I believe holidays during this summer, especially late summer, will be similar to ones we are used to in the past few years.”
For now, Spain remains on the amber list of countries from which tourists will have to isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK, although they can do so at home.
Travel to countries on the amber list is only allowed for essential reasons, and government ministers have advised against travel to these places.
But many European countries, including Spain, are encouraging British tourists to visit anyway.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said from Monday Spain will be “delighted, very delighted to welcome all British tourist.”
“They are welcome to our country without restrictions and without health requirements,” he added.
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Restrictions are still in place in Spain, but are slowly being lifted.
Face coverings continue to be mandatory in many indoor and outdoor public spaces in Spain, and social distancing is still in place.
Director General for tourism of the Balearic Islands, Rosana Morillo, told: “We’ve been strict with restrictions as we believe it is the best way to control the pandemic.
“Now, little by little, we are lifting them, with increasing vaccinations allowing us to do this.”
Night life might even be on the cards as the islands’ government announced plans to move the curfew from 5pm to midnight.
The list of countries you can visit without quarantining on your return to the UK is currently very limited.
The only 12 countries currently on the green list are Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
And within that list Australia isn’t accepting foreign tourists until 2022 and the UK government has a travel advisory in place against visiting Israel due to the current conflict.
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