HOLIDAYMAKERS arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may face mandatory coronavirus tests at the airport and six-hour isolation in their hotels to await results.
It's one of the measures contained in a pilot 'action plan' being prepared by the Balearic government which wants to be one of the first regions in Spain to receive holidaymakers.
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The Balearics, which include Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, plans to test-drive the new procedures in mid-June if permission is given to bring up to 5,000 Germans to Mallorca as a prelude to the opening of international borders and the scrapping of Spain's 14-day quarantine rule from July 1st.
According to reports in the island's press, the go-ahead has already been given by both the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Transport but approval is still pending from the Ministries of Labour and Health.
The Balearics have had only 224 deaths from coronavirus since the outbreak began and just over 2,000 infections.
Local government wants the islands to be treated as one of the world leaders in dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19 and how to cope with international tourism again in the safest way possible.
Diario de Mallorca reports: "The pilot plan aims to demonstrate that it is possible to allow the subsequent entry of tourists without risk into the islands from July 1st, the date on which the summer season is to start more generally, hence the inclusion of tests for detection of the disease on arrival at the islands".
About 3,000 Germans were originally set to take part in the experiment which will also test all the coronavirus protocols, from arriving at the airport, transfers to hotels, the accommodation itself, arrangements around the swimming pools, use of the facilities, trips out and their eventual return.
But that figure could now increase to 4,000 for Mallorca, 500 in Menorca, 500 in Ibiza and 100 in Formentera, according to Diario de Mallorca.
President of the Hotel Federation of Mallorca, María Frontera said the pilot test was essential to demonstrate that the Balearic Islands are a safe destination.
It is hoped it will help pave the way for other international tourists, including from Britain when travel is allowed.
According to Travel Mole, the Balearics attracted 13.6 million tourists last year and Brits were made up nearly a third of that number, closely followed by Germany.
There has been debate over whether Britons should be allowed to holiday in Spain after the Home Secretary Priti Patel's announcements that anyone who arrives into the UK after June 8, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days or face fines of £1,000.
Senior ministers warn it will hamper Britain's economic recovery from the pandemic.
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The Centre for Economics and Business Research yesterday warned it could cost the economy £650million a week.
A senior industry source said: "I don't know anyone apart from Priti Patel and Dominic Cummings who are pushing for quarantine."
More than 80 company bosses have also called on the Home Secretary to scrap the quarantine plan, calling it "the very last thing the travel industry needs".
The news comes after Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez put the UK at the top of his list of target countries in talks aimed at reaching bilateral 'safe corridor' swaps to restart travel between European zones.
Spain has quarantined all international arrivals for 14 days since May 14 but recently announced that the country would open for tourism from July 1, potentially dividing Europe into zones coded 'green' or 'red' depending on whether the virus has been brought under control locally.
Meanwhile, Portugal has told Brits planning to holiday to areas like the Algarve will not need to be quarantined.
Countries being mooted as potential destinations under the "holiday corridor" proposals also include Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece.
Hotels in Portugal are set to reopen on Monday and beaches from June 6 as the country opens its arms to foreign holidaymakers.
Spain has announced there will be no quarantine on visitors from July 1.
Greece said yesterday it will open to visitors from 29 countries from 15 June – but not including Britain.
The list will be expanded on July 1 to include other countries.
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