Is it safe to travel to the Balearic Islands?

To keep Spain safe, the country is only opening its borders to countries which meet certain criteria around low levels of infection. As of26 July, the FCDO removed Spain (including the Balearic Islands) from the exempt list and are now advising against all but essential travel to the island. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.

What is life like in the the Balearic Islands?

Social distancing is in place in resorts and at the beaches. Bars and restaurants are open, however, they are operating at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Bars may close earlier than normal and you may have to queue to enter. Shops are open in resorts, however, social distancing must be followed and most require you to wear a face mask when you are inside. Museums and attractions are generally open with social distancing measures in place.

How should I keep safe in the Balearic Islands?

You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use a face mask and wash your clothes regularly.

What was the COVID-19 pandemic response? 

In general, Spain handled the pandemic well and measures are in place to continue to minimise the spread of COVID-19. To support this, the FCDO advise that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries) and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 6. You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay.

Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?

You must complete an online questionnaire  48 hours before arriving into Spain (see below for more information) this will generate a QR code that needs to be shown on arrival into your airport. UK nationals must have six months validity on their passport upon return from Spain but do not need a visa to enter the country.

What are the quarantine guidelines in the Balearic Islands?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival into Spain as long as you do not test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, or if you develop symptoms and/or are diagnosed while on holiday, you will be required to quarantine for a period of time.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in the Balearic Islands, what will happen?

You may not be allowed to enter Spain if you display signs of COVID-19 on arrival. The FCDO advise that if you test positive while in Spain, the authorities are likely to ask you to move to specific designated accommodation to prevent further spread. You will need to remain there to self-isolate. If you are infected while you are on holiday, you should leave your hotel and you must notify your representative, the hotel, a medical facility or our 24-hour Duty Officer (details will be on you travel documents). Guidance and assistance will be provided and local numbers will be provided on arrival.

What is the airport experience like?

All passengers must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing in and around the airport terminal. Upon arrival at Spanish airports, you will need to show your QR code that you received before travel.  You’ll also be subject to a temperature check and have to undergo a visual health assessment.

What are the transfers like?

Local protocols are followed in relation to transfers. In vehicles with nine seats or less, the seat next to the driver must not be used unless critical. It’s also mandatory to wear face masks inside any transfer vehicle. Vehicles are cleaned and disinfected before and after each service.

What should I expect at the hotel?

Hotels are operating a mostly contactless operation to check in.  All public areas require customers to wear a facemask  Social distancing is implemented in hotels and resorts.  Most hotels that offer a buffet service will discontinue this and offer table service instead.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from the Balearic Islands?

The FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from the Balearic Islands need to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Forms required for travel to and from the Balearic Islands

The following form must be completed and a QR code received before you travel A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.