On-arrival Covid tests promised for UK visitors to Balearic Islands hotspots

On-arrival Covid tests promised for UK visitors to Balearic Islands hotspots

Holidaymakers receive on-site coronavirus checks if they do not have a valid negative test result when they arrive in some Spanish holiday hotspots.

Visitors to the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, will be tested upon arrival from the UK to help boost tourism to the area.

The radical plan was revealed at the virtual world travel market conference by Balearic President Francina Armengol, who insisted she wanted British tourists to return as soon as possible.

She thanked British vacationers for staying true to the destinations despite the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic and revealed plans to welcome tourists back to the region and popular resorts such as Magaluf.

Their comments were echoed by Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela, who said: “Like other tourist destinations, our islands have been hit hard by this crisis.

“Historically, the Balearic Islands are the second most popular travel destination in Spain for British visitors, with around 20 percent of all British visitors arriving in the country.”

The minister said his priority was to work on solutions to resume the safe flow of tourists to the islands.

He added: “We know our islands are valued in the UK, but now our focus is on rebuilding confidence in the destination.

“This includes illustrating the measures that are being taken to ensure the health and well-being of visitors and residents.

Our goal is to also implement the requirement for diagnostic tests for arrivals in tourism to detect active Covid-19 infections.

“We know rules need to be put in place to implement these rules, but the Government of the Balearic Islands may be willing to guarantee diagnostic tests for visitors.

Until a vaccine is introduced, we must learn to live with the virus. Hence, our goal is to lower the infection rates and create safe logs so that tourism can resume. ”

Looking ahead, President Armengol added, “We will become a more responsible and engaging society that not only wants to travel and enjoy our islands, but also has a greater desire to look after them.”



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