The capital of the Balearic Island, Mallorca, Palma, has declared itself open and ready to welcome travelers again. According to city officials, Germany and the Netherlands “are leading the demand”, with the majority of European tourists to Palma currently coming from these two countries.
Spain, however, remains an “orange” destination for the UK – another of the country’s important source markets for tourism. Under the UK government’s traffic light system for travel, orange destinations require PCR testing and a quarantine period; although earlier this week Spain reopened to UK arrivals without a Covid testing requirement.
Still, people are hopeful that the Balearics will soon be placed on the UK’s green list, following the next review in June, as UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the government is considering introducing a new “ island ” policy that will authorize the islands. and island groups to have their Covid status judged regardless of the continent to which they belong.
Government must pay repatriation costs
The Palma Hotel Association said 45 hotels are currently open in the city, of which 67 are expected to be operational again by the end of next month. The city’s La Seu Cathedral has also restarted its rooftop tours, while VisitPalma has revamped its website to include a range of recommended destination experiences.
In addition, the Balearic government will cover the repatriation costs of tourists if they have tested positive for Covid during their stay in the Balearic Islands and are therefore unable to take their regular flights home.