The so-called Indian strain

The so-called Indian strain.

17-05-2021CATI CLADERA - CC gar - EFE - EF

The uncertainty continues to grow. When will British tourists be able to come to Mallorca? It is like a roller-coaster ride. Every day a new statement, every day a new claim. The so-called Indian strain could mean that Britain delays updating the Green List which will mean that Spain stays on “amber.” A new blow. Fresh hope this week with Spain announcing that they hope to welcome British tourists soon and the “Britain ban” will be lifted soon.

But the blame game has already started. The President of the Balearic government Francina Armengol said that if the rest of Spain had the same number of cases as the Balearics, the country would have been on the Green List. When politicians start blaming each other it usually means that they know something that we don´t and it is not good news. What concerns me is that the clock is ticking.

Every day that goes by means that the season gets shorter. It is all very well talking about extending the season to October or November but we are talking just a handful of tourists, not the millions which are needed. My bet is that British tourists will be able to travel to the island by July at the earliest. This could mean that we have two good months. It is better than nothing.

I was also slightly concerned when I heard the British government warning of long delays at airports. It doesn´t exactly make you want to go on holiday. The only thing that Mallorca can do is wait until things improve and be ready when tourists can finally start travelling. The roller-coaster ride will continue for a few more weeks yet.

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Ian / Hace 28 days

Pointless wanting british tourists until the Spanish government say they are going to allow us in. Many folk would love to visit the Balearics, and the quarantine on return is no hardship when you’ve been locked down for months. Come on Spain make the rules clear so that we can start to book flights and hotels

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Rich / Hace 28 days

There will be no more seasons ever until people learn to live with covid as we do the flu. It will always come back and the world cannot continue with the current restrictions. If it is from a bat then its due to increased population as we invade the animal kingdom, it's just a balancing item.

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Johno / Hace 28 days

I think that Majorca needs to realise that British tourists will not be visiting until probably October at the earliest, but most likely next year. A few Majorca property owners like myself may venture over in October/November possibly but if there are long airport queues or the Indian strain increases we will happily wait until next year as our community meeting is now being done on Zoom since last year, so best be safe even though most of us Brits now have both injections.

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Lisa / Hace 28 days

Jason, Mallorca could also push the vaccination program as hard as possible and lobby Madrid for support. After missing out on ‘green list’ status, Greece pledged to vaccine everyone on the islands as a priority. As ‘population vaccinated’ is an important criteria (number one or two) for the UK’s green list - Greece is acting wisely. Perhaps the Balearics could stop the blame game and start looking at what competitors are doing?

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