The epidemiological data in the Balearics are well below those of the UK.

26-07-2020Gemma Andreu

Spain's foreign affairs minister, Arancha Gónzalez Laya, said on Sunday that the Spanish government is trying to convince the UK government to exclude the Balearics and the Canaries from the quarantine requirement for travellers arriving in the UK from Spain.

The minister argued that this exemption was justified on the grounds that the two island regions are "insular territories and highly controlled". The epidemiological data in both the Balearics and the Canaries are "well below" those of the UK.

Gónzalez Laya added that discussions "are continuing" with the British authorities and are with the support of the governments in the Balearics and the Canaries. "We hope these contacts will bear fruit soon."

There will, she stressed, be no "reciprocal measures" in retaliation. Measures adopted by the Spanish government are based on the epidemiological data: "this is not a diplomatic game".

"Spain is a safe country. Like other European countries, Spain has new outbreaks. This is not unusual. The most important thing is that Spain is making a great effort to control these outbreaks." The three major outbreaks - in Barcelona, Lleida and Zaragoza - are "under control".


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Gareth / Hace 6 months

Well it’s strange how the Balearic government are now saying that Majorca is now safe , but 2 weeks ago they were shutting down magaluff strip saying it was unsafe, Touché I say ..... we reap what we sow 😀


STAN / Hace 6 months

Mallorca as a whole needs to ensure it remains virus-free. Make sure everyone wears a mask. Make sure all the people arriving and departing at the Airport, are thoroughly checked. Instruct the Policia and Guardia to patrol all the relevant areas of the Island, to control any possibility of a spike in the virus pandemic. By ensuring Mallorca is free of the virus, will be a major condition of any Government negotiation for an exemption to the UK ban and quarantining rules.