will be testing the waters for the return to international
tourism next week when some 6,000 visitors from Germany
will be allowed to travel to the Balearic Islands without
having to observe the 14-day quarantine rule. As the
country brings the coronavirus under control domestically,
the next big danger is the infection being imported
from abroad as borders are re-opened as expected on
July 1st. In the past month, 104 cases have been detected
by people entering the country on the exception rule
(workers, residents returning to their homes and emergency
situations), most from Latin America and the USA.
Order SND/518/2020, published today in BOE-A-2020-6024,
has formally authorised a pilot programme to open safe
tourist corridors to the popular archipelago so that
the Spanish Government can verify its effectiveness
as a model for lifting temporary controls on entering
the country so that possible cases of COVID-19 can be
identified and isolated with a much lower number of
tourists than can expected later in the season.
Balearic Islands have been selected as one of the first
regions to re-open to international tourism due to positive
evolution of the health situation. In addition, the
whole archipelago is in Phase III of the Transition
Plan, another condition of opening air corridors, whilst
both state of origin and the Balearics must have comparably
low infection rates over the previous consecutive seven
days. Arrivals will need to fill out a health form which
will need to be presented to the authorities who
will also take their temperature (which should be below
37.5°c). If they show no coronavirus symptoms,
they will be allowed to leave the airport and enjoy
their Mediterranean holiday without having to observe
the 14-day quarantine requirement. Arrivals will also
need to provide contact information, including accommodation
address, and this requirement will be rolled out
to other airports across Spain when the country as a
whole begins to welcome back international tourists.
health minister Salvador Illa confirmed that other regions
in the country would be welcome to launch their
own pilot programme if they consider it appropriate.
However the overall plan is for travel restriction to
be officially lifted on July 1st, despite the EU recommending
that all members states open their borders for internal
travel on Monday 15th June; Germany, France and Belgium
will be doing so.
to read the whole transcript of Order SND/518/2020.
Date: Friday 11th June 2020