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Spain: Balearics in talks with UK to add islands to air bridge list – no more quarantine

President of the Balearic Islands Francina Armengol revealed the welcome news in an open letter today. However, she did not reveal when the new rules would be implemented. She simply said: “We will be seeing you soon.”

In the letter she said that some “unpopular measures” have been introduced such as the closure of nightclubs but that these decisions had to be made in order to “eliminate the risks and guarantee health security”.

She continued: “With all this in mind, I want to offer encouragement to citizens of the United Kingdom and to the companies which are engaged in the tourism industry.

“I want to thank you for the love you show us and I want to assure you that we will meet again soon.

“We are working to get the British government to establish safe corridors between the UK and our islands; connections for which no quarantine will be required, a quarantine that epidemiological data in the Balearics prove to be unnecessary.”

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However, this is still an extremely low case rate compared with mainland Spain and other parts of the world.

Ms Armengol explained that the Balearics are a “friendly and safe destination” that tourists can visit while remaining secure.

She continued: “This is demonstrated by the epidemiological data and the set of measures that we have put in place to ensure the safety of each and every one of the tourists who visit us.

“These include the creation of safe travel corridors and the provision of hospital facilities that are exclusively for COVID patients.”

She explained that the islands were closed for months to try and curb the pandemic in the first place and that they are “prepared” to make sure visitors remain safe.

She added: “This is why I want to take this opportunity to convey to the United Kingdom government that we share the commitment to containing the virus and to make clear that, in this regard, the Balearic Islands, far from posing a threat, are an ally, where a tranquility can be enjoyed from knowing that we have always placed health above all other considerations.”

She continued: “At the beginning of the summer and as the lockdown in Spain was coming to an end, the Balearic government launched a pilot plan that allowed us to open up as a safe destination for tourism activity.

“At the moment, we have a controlled epidemiological situation, with a much lower incidence than in Spain as a whole and which has always been lower than in the UK.

“We were one of the first regions to introduce obligatory use of masks as a means of protection.

“We have limited nightlife that is associated with excesses and the consequent concentration of people, and we have implemented control measures for travellers arriving from international destinations.”

Mainland Spain has had over 330,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 28,000 deaths.

The country experienced a spike recently in the regions of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra which led the UK to reimpose its quarantine rules for those arriving back into the UK.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot



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