Spain: FCDO issues updated travel warning for Balearic Islands – some travel still banned | Travel News | Travel
Holidays in Spain received a moderate boost on Thursday, when Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed that the Balearic Islands should be added to the green list. This means that from Wednesday June 30, the British will be able to fly to and from the Balearics without quarantine.
The Spanish archipelago is home to tourist hotspots like Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.
In line with the new traffic light update, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has changed its travel advice for Spain.
However, the bad news is that mainland Spain remains orange as the FCDO continues to advise against travel.
This means that the holidays in Benidorm, Marbella and Malaga remain on hold.
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Francina Armengol, the region’s leader, made a similar appeal on Twitter, urging Spanish authorities to establish “strict and safe entry controls” for British tourists.
Certain entry requirements are in place for arrivals to the UK, although currently Britons are exempt from proving a negative COVID-19 test or proof of being fully vaccinated.
“As of May 24, entry restrictions and testing requirements for UK arrivals in Spain no longer apply,” says FCDO.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule, especially if a traveler has been to a “at risk” country within the previous 14 days.
Despite this, the laws regarding the wearing of face masks in public places are gradually being relaxed.
“From June 26, it will no longer be mandatory to wear a face mask outside where a social distancing of 1.5 meters is respected”, explains the FCDO.
However, wearing a face mask remains compulsory for anyone over 6 years of age in the following circumstances:
In any enclosed space open to the public.
In any interior space where people who are not from the same household mix
In any outdoor space where it is not possible to observe a social distancing of 1.5 m.
On all forms of public transport, including planes, trains, trams, buses and the metro, as well as all stations, platforms and airports.
Specific rules regarding masks vary from region to region and penalties may be imposed on those who do not comply.