It is quite possible to go on vacation to the Balearic Islands this summer 2021, provided you follow the various rules put in place by the authorities to the letter. Border control, PCR test, curfew, open and closed establishments, access to beaches … Here are the current measures to be observed when traveling to the Balearic Islands.
Faced with the infection of a thousand students with Covid-19 during end-of-year school trips to Mallorca, the regional government has decided to tighten the entry conditions for large groups in the islands Balearic Islands, popular Spanish tourist destinations. Groups of more than 20 travelers will need to present a negative PCR test or prove that they have been fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus to travel to Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca or Formentera. Entry conditions, PCR test, vaccine, open places, curfew, access to beaches … We take stock of the measures put in place in the Balearics this summer 2021.
Travelers aged 12 and over entering the Balearic Islands from France must absolutely present one of these three documents required at the Spanish borders (land, air and sea):
- A certificate of negative screening test for Covid-19 resulting from an RT-PCR test (commonly called PCR), TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc., or an antigen test (TAG) recognized by the European Union (feasible) in pharmacies). The test result must have been issued within 48 hours of arrival in the Balearic Islands, and include the number of an identity document or travel document of the testee.
- A complete vaccination certificate against Covid-19 including the date (the last injection must be at least 14 days before arrival), the name of the vaccine and the country of vaccination.
- A certificate of recovery from Covid-19 having as mandatory information the date of the traveller’s first positive test (180 days maximum before the date of arrival), the type and country of the test carried out.
The document presented must be written in French, Spanish, English or German, and must absolutely be accompanied by the traveler registration form, to be completed online and kept in the form of a QR code on their mobile (smartphone, tablet).
Travelers from France do not have to observe a quarantine period upon arrival in the Balearic Islands. Only people arriving from India are subject to it. On their return to France either, travelers coming from Spain are not subject to quarantine. On the other hand, they must absolutely show the choice: – a certificate of complete vaccination against Covid-19. – the negative result of a PCR test or an antigen test carried out less than 72 hours before departure (it will therefore have to be carried out from the Balearic Islands for people leaving for more than 3 days).
No curfew has been in effect in Spain since May 9, when the end of the state of emergency was declared. However, the Balearic Islands maintain restrictive measures, especially at night, to continue to contain the virus.
Travel between the different Balearic Islands is permitted without restriction. It is therefore, for example, possible to easily travel between Mallorca and Ibiza.
There are also no restrictive measures for people arriving from a Spanish autonomous community where “the incidence of the virus at 14 days is less than 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants”, and for all travelers who have been vaccinated within the past 8 months or sick within the past 6 months.
For the rest, all travelers aged 6 and over arriving in the Balearic Islands from Spain must present a negative PCR test dated at most 72 hours before departure or a TAG carried out within 48 hours before departure, accompanied by a specific registration form to be completed online.
Unlike some countries, Spain does not require special insurance covering the costs of hospitalization following a case of Covid. There is therefore no compulsory Covid insurance to take out before traveling to the Balearics. On the other hand, it is recommended to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at least 20 days before departure on the French Health Insurance website, because the latter covers the lump sum of 50 euros for the tests. PCR carried out in Europe and you will sometimes be able to avoid having to advance the costs.
All establishments in the Balearic Islands, with the exception of essential shops, currently close at midnight and are limited to accommodating 150 people at the same time indoors and 250 people outdoors. The many clubs, clubs and bars of the archipelago, but also the restaurants which usually close very late in Spain, are required to respect these measures. In addition, the restaurants are subject to additional reception rules, namely a capacity reduced to 50% and a maximum of 6 people per table indoors, compared to 10 people on the terrace. More generally, gatherings of more than 10 people in private indoor space and 15 people outdoors are prohibited. This also applies to the beaches.
Spain’s beaches are now reopened, but they remain subject to restrictive measures, which may differ somewhat between regions. In the Balearic Islands, the beaches are closed to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, as is the case with any outdoor gathering, there cannot be more than 15 people gathered at one place on the beach. Note that wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory outside throughout Spain since June 26.
Several airlines serve the three Balearic airports with direct flights from France: – Air France, Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling Airlines, Tuifly.be, Volotea, easyJet, Ryanair, Transavia France and Germania all land at the airport of Palma de Mallorca. – Air France, Iberia, Vueling Airlines, Tuifly.be, Volotea, easyJet, Ryanair and Transavia France land in Ibiza (not Air Europa, nor Germania). – Vueling Airlines, Volotea, easyJet, Transavia France and Tuifly.be currently serve Menorca via Mahon airport.
With a stopover, the list of companies grows even longer and it is therefore very easy to find a flight to travel to the Balearic Islands, no matter which airport you wish to land at. All the more so with the drop in health restrictions, airlines have decided to increase their air traffic to the archipelago over the summer of 2021. Air France, for example, has increased the number of flights to Ibiza. And additional flights or connections are also expected from July with several low-cost companies: additional Ryanair flights from Marseille and Malta Air (a Ryanair subsidiary) from Bordeaux, and Transavia has just launched a link to Menorca from Nantes and Lyon, in addition to the one already existing from Paris. Before departure, it is important to check whether the chosen airline requires its passengers to meet additional conditions to that of the authorities.