Health authorizes a safe corridor between the Balearic Islands and Germany from this June 15

This June 15 the pilot program of the tourist corridor between the Balearic Islands and Germany. The Ministry of Health has issued an Order for the partial lifting of temporary controls at internal borders.

There will be specific air routes for entry into Spanish territory without having to be quarantined. Specifically, there are 47 flights from different airports in German cities to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Mahón, scheduled between June 15 and 30.

According to an Order published this Friday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), the opening of the tourist corridors will require that the autonomous community of destination is in phase III of the Transition Plan to the New Normality.

Low infection rate

Likewise, it will be required that both the State of origin of the tourists and the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands have an attack rate of covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in seven consecutive days of less than nine cases, thereby guaranteeing a situation of epidemiological equivalence. It will be necessary for the tourist who moves to be a resident in the same State where the airport of origin is located.

Citizens will be required to be residents of the same state in which the airport of origin is located.

Tourists who enter the national territory through the tourist corridors must be able to provide proof of a round trip ticket from the airport of origin of the tourist corridor, as well as accommodation in the Balearic Islands for the entire period of stay, which does not It may be less than five nights.

Safe tourist corridors can only be established in connections whose destination in the autonomous community retains the consideration of an airport designated as an entry point with the capacity to attend to public health emergencies of international importance.

Exceptions

At the arrival airport, the Foreign Health personnel will carry out the necessary sanitary controls, which will include documentary control based on the Passanger Location Card and any other that is deemed appropriate.

The Order also establishes that, as of today, cross-border workers, carriers and crews will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Spain; health professionals who go to carry out their work, provided they have not been in contact with people diagnosed with coronavirus; people who enter the national territory through the tourist corridor to the Balearic Islands due to the partial lifting of internal borders, and citizens of the Member States or associated Schengen States who travel to Spain to participate in an operation of the European Guard Agency of Borders and Coasts.

Two thirds less

German tourism in the Balearic Islands, the most important for the Islands, has been severely damaged with 317,400 passengers between January and April, two thirds less than the 965,400 the previous year, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

In April of this year, international traffic was totally paralyzed due to the coronavirus pandemic; Since the Easter holidays had to be canceled, only 199 people flew to the Balearic Islands that month from a German airport.

Mallorca has been the main German tourist destination in the Balearic Islands by far for years.

Palma de Mallorca was in 2019 the destination airport for 4.9 million passengers, that is, 93% of the around 5.3 million people who flew to these Mediterranean islands in 2019 from Germany, reports Efe.

Since 2010, with 3.6 million passengers, the number of travelers from Germany to Mallorca has increased by more than a third – 35% -.

In 2019, 311,500 passengers from Germany flew to Ibiza, while Mahón and Menorca were the destination airports for 74,000 travelers.

No restrictions except Spain

Germany confirmed this Thursday that it maintains the intention to withdraw next Monday the travel restrictions between countries of the European Union -except Spain-, three of the four associated with the Schengen area -Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, with the exception of Norway-, and the United Kingdom.

The recommendation not to travel will remain that way for two countries in this first group until they lift their own restrictions on the entry of foreigners, which in the case of Spain is expected to occur on July 1.

Even so, the Balearic Islands will allow as of Monday the arrival of a maximum of 10,900 German tourists in the remainder of the month, as part of a pilot plan to restart international tourism.

On the other hand, the German government decided on Wednesday to extend the recommendation not to travel abroad for third countries until August 31.

“Unlike the case of our European neighbors, for the rest of the world we do not yet have reliable data, criteria and shared coordination processes that allow unlimited tourism again without incalculable risks,” declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas.