Trips to Spain: Balearic and Canary Islands tighten COVID-19 rules
Given the increase in cases of COVID-19 infection within the European Union and further afield, authorities in the Balearic and Canary Islands have revealed that stricter measures against the coronavirus will apply in all the islands.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Spanish authorities have imposed restrictions on different regions of the country according to their levels of infection – level one, level two, level three and level four.
The Balearic Islands currently have a level three risk, while Tenerife in the Canary Islands has a level four, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Since both islands are recording high infection rates, tourists as well as citizens will no longer be allowed to access spas and saunas, among others, since these are closed areas. In addition, restrictions will also apply to beaches and swimming pools.
Indoor venues will continue to require the presentation of vaccination passes, while some locations, such as nightclubs, which are located on level four, will only be able to allow 25% of their full capacity.
Additionally, it was explained that since more and more people are infected with the Omicron variant, only a maximum of six people can meet.
As for restaurants, the authorities of the Balearic Islands explained that since all its areas are at level three, they can operate at 100% capacity when they are outdoors, with a maximum of two people seated at the same time. table.
“Only seated meals are allowed / maximum two people in a group with a distance of 1.50 m between groups / closing time: 00:00” the rules read.
All travelers arriving in the Balearic or Canary Islands from an EU/Schengen area country on Spain’s risk list must complete a health screening form prior to travel. This obligation applies to all persons over the age of 12.
Additionally, travelers from the EU/Schengen Area must present a vaccination certificate, negative test result or certificate of recovery.
On the other hand, stricter rules apply to other travellers. People arriving in Spain from a third country must complete the health control form and present a vaccination certificate together with a negative test result which must be carried out before arrival.
The pre-entry testing requirement only applies to travelers from high-risk third countries.
Previously, the Spanish authorities had announced that they would shorten the validity of vaccination passes. From February 1, Spain will only accept vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has taken the last dose of vaccine within 270 days.
This means that all people, regardless of their country of origin, who received their last dose of the vaccine more than nine months ago will need to be vaccinated to be allowed to enter Spain.
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