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Spain Travel: Balearic & Canary Islands Tighten COVID-19 Rules

Taking into account the increase in cases of COVID-19 virus within the European Union and in the world, the authorities of the Balearic and Canary Islands have revealed that stricter measures for the Coronavirus will be implemented throughout the islands.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the Spanish authorities have imposed restrictions on different regions of the country based on their infection levels – level 1, level 2, level 3 and level 4.

The Balearic Islands currently face a third level of risk, while Tenerife in the Canary Islands has a fourth, TheSchengen.com reports.

Since the two islands have high infection rates, tourists as well as citizens will not be allowed access to spas and saunas, among others, since these are closed areas. In addition, restrictions will apply to beaches and pools.

Indoor venues will continue to require vaccination passes, while some venues, such as nightclubs, located in Level 4 areas, will only be able to allow 25 percent of their full capacity.

Furthermore, it was shown that because more people were infected with the Omicron variant, only a maximum of six people could meet together.

As for restaurants, the Balearic Islands authorities have made it clear that since all of their areas are on the third level, they can operate at 100 per cent when in the outdoor areas, with a maximum of two people seated at the same table.

“Only dining allowed with seating / Maximum two people in a group with a distance of 1.50 meters between groups / Closing time: 00.00 hours,” the rules state.

All travelers arriving in the Balearic or Canary Islands from an EU/Schengen area country that is part of the risk list in Spain, must fill out a health control form prior to their trip. This requirement applies to all persons over 12 years of age.

In addition, travelers from the EU/Schengen area must provide a certificate of vaccination, a negative test result or a certificate of recovery.

On the other hand, stricter rules apply to other travelers. Persons arriving in Spain from a third country must fill out a health control form and present a certificate of vaccination along with a negative test result which must be taken prior to arrival.

The pre-test requirement applies only to travelers from high-risk third countries.

Earlier, the Spanish authorities announced that they would shorten the validity of vaccination permits. From February 1, Spain will only accept vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has taken the last dose of the vaccine within 270 days.

This means that all people, regardless of their country of origin, who received the last dose of the vaccine more than nine months ago, will need to have a booster shot to be allowed to enter Spain.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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