‘We’re secure and prepared for Britons’: Balearic Islands push to permit UK vacationers in for summer time

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2021-05-03 22:34:00

British vacationers could possibly be welcomed again to the Balearic Islands as quickly as this month, in accordance with a senior Spanish official.

Rosa Ana Morilla Rodriguez, director common of tourism for the islands, informed Sky Information that she was “very optimistic” {that a} deal could possibly be agreed to open the Balearics to British holidaymakers.

She stated she was hopeful that the islands – Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera – could possibly be included on the UK’s “inexperienced record” of nations, which is because of come into pressure from 17 Could.

Passengers arriving at Mallorca airport in March
Passengers arriving at Mallorca airport in March

That designation would imply British vacationers wouldn’t should quarantine on their return dwelling, seen as essential for attracting holidaymakers again to abroad places.

“Now we have the precise numbers, now we have the precise measures in place that may enable us to be thought of ‘inexperienced’,” stated Ms Morilla Rodriguez.

“It is also concerning the functionality of your hospitals to isolate completely different variants of the virus, which is one thing that’s not completed by all of the hospitals in Spain, however we do it right here.

“I feel Mallorca is such an essential vacation spot for the UK that I am assured we may have this journey hall. Now we have informed the British ambassador that now we have all of the elements wanted to be thought of ‘inexperienced’ for the UK.”

Rosa Morilla Rodriguez is director of tourism for the islands
Rosa Morilla Rodriguez, director of tourism for the islands, says they’re ‘secure and fully prepared’ for vacationers

In 2019, practically 4 million British folks got here on vacation to one of many 4 Balearic islands – Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Most of these got here to Mallorca, making it one among Britain’ s hottest locations, with round 2.5m guests within the 12 months earlier than the pandemic took maintain.

That quantity fell by 93% in 2020 – an excellent greater fall than that suffered by mainland Spain.

However now, with an infection charges falling on the islands, the Balearics are determined to re-establish hyperlinks with British holidaymakers.

A comparatively small variety of European vacationers have already began returning to resorts throughout the islands, benefiting from the free motion out there to residents inside Europe’s Schengen zone.

In a standard 12 months, Germany sends much more vacationers to the Balearics than the UK, though resorts resembling Magaluf are nearly completely depending on British guests.

“We’re secure and fully able to welcome again British guests,” stated Ms Morilla Rodriguez.

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