Ironically, the favorite island of the Germans, Mallorca actually showed a positive development in the corona pandemic. Now the holiday island is reacting to increasing numbers with curfews.
Due to the sharp drop in the number of corona infections, the federal government lifted the travel restrictions for Mallorca on March 14th. Meanwhile the first tourists have arrived on the Balearic Island and are enjoying their vacation. Because the numbers are now rising sharply again, the holiday island is also reacting and imposing stricter curfews.
Until mid-March, all of Spain was considered a corona risk area. Anyone planning a vacation here had to comply with the quarantine and test requirements when returning to Germany. The situation had eased somewhat in Mallorca, at least, and now the numbers are rising again. What does the holiday on the Germans’ favorite island look like now?
What does a holiday in Mallorca look like now?
Since Mallorca has no longer been considered a risk area since March 14, German vacationers are no longer required to quarantine after returning from vacation. You can then travel to Spain and back as normal. However, the rules from the Spanish side are independent of the German ones, so the test and registration requirement upon entry as well as health checks will probably remain.
Regardless of entry, Corona measures continue to apply in Spain and especially in Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, which could affect the holiday, due to the increasing number of infections, the Mallorcans have now tightened their rules again. As reported by the “Tagesspiegel”, the interior areas of pubs, cafes and restaurants will have to close again this Friday. the outdoor areas remain open, but also close at 5 p.m. The hotel bars will also close at 5 p.m. in the future.
“We get the infection data,” said Francina Armengol according to “Tagesspiegel”, the regional head of government of the Balearic Islands. “The number of cases is rising again. And the British variant, which is much more dangerous, already has a share of 83 percent. The experts advise us to tighten the corona measures. And that’s what we’re doing now. ”
There is a night curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and meetings of more than six people from two households are prohibited. A mask is compulsory in the entire public space.
What is currently valid for trips to Mallorca?
In the meantime, there is no longer a travel warning for the Balearic Islands, and the classification as a risk area has also been lifted. This means that holidaymakers do not have to quarantine when they return to Germany. However, the federal government has decided to make a new test requirement for all travelers. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the restriction of tourist trips abroad in the Corona crisis is legally difficult. “There are already considerable legal concerns. You have to take them first,” said the CDU politician on Thursday evening in Berlin after the digital EU summit. In view of the heated discussion about holidays in Mallorca, the federal government is considering temporarily prohibiting trips to popular holiday areas abroad. Merkel asked the responsible ministries to examine possibilities for this. ”
Entry to Spain and thus Mallorca is also possible from Germany without any problems. All holidaymakers aged six and over are required to test: a negative test must be made when entering the country PCR-Test be shown. Germany is a risk area in Spain, which is why the test must not be older than 72 hours. In addition, air travelers must fill out a form in the “Spain Travel Health Portal” for health checks, which generates a QR code that must be presented upon entry.
In addition, there are regular health checks upon entry, so it is very likely that a fever will be measured and you will be examined thoroughly if the temperature is elevated.
How high are the number of infections in Mallorca?
As the Spanish Ministry of Health announced, there was an incidence of 25 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Balearic Islands in the past seven days on Sunday, March 21. This incidence value has now risen to 31 (as of March 25, 2021). The R-value for the Balearic Islands was 0.74 four days ago – now it has increased to 0.99. The intensive care units are utilized to twelve percent. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 750 people have been reported to have been in the Balearic Islands Covid-19 died. There are currently around 1,200 active corona infections in the Balearic Islands, and a total of more than 56,000 people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Spain evaluates various factors of the pandemic with a traffic light system: In the Balearic Islands, both the seven-day incidence and the infection rate are now considered to be in the “yellow area”, the test rate and the quality of the health system as “in the green area”, the only one The proportion of those vaccinated is only 3.3 percent in the red.