Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma.

Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma.

02-12-2020Teresa Ayuga

The Balearic Government is still pushing for PCR tests for domestic travellers arriving in the Islands at Christmas.

"We are ready, if necessary," said Health Minister Patricia Gómez, who admitted that the Government has failed to convince the Central Government to make it compulsory for domestic travellers to provide their own negative PCR test before entering the Balearic Islands.

"We would like to have an answer," said Minister Gómez, who’s still hoping that the Government will come round to the idea of making the entry requirements the same for national and international travellers arriving in the Balearic Islands.

Minister Gómez spoke out after a meeting between the Government and Autonomous Communities to agree restrictions for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

She said the Balearic Government agrees that the maximum number of people allowed to get together in Mallorca and Ibiza should be increased from 6-10 people on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

An 01:30 curfew on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve will be enforced throughout the whole of Spain.

The Balearic Government says it’s not necessary to shut out national travellers at Christmas and New Year because perimeter restrictions will be in place from December 23 until January 6 in most regions of the Peninsula, so people won’t be able to travel.

Other than the four specific days mentioned above, capacity at meetings and family gatherings will be limited to 6 people, the midnight curfew will remain in place, customers cannot sit at the bar and all restaurants and bars must close before midnight.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 12 months

All I read is people holidaying or visiting their families. Either returning Mallorcans or residents or mainland dwellers, who want to visit their family on Mallorca. There are however also people who need to travel to the mainland, for something mondain like work. But that is never mentioned, as socialist governements do not consider people who work, let alone help them. Like working people are not "priority" for the vaccine, eventhough the people who work actually bring in the money that makes Spain function.

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Lisa / Hace 12 months

PCR tests are too expensive for normal families. It’s been a tough year and few of us are flushed. Just as an example, it’s incredibly difficult to get a test in the UK. Ryanair are suggesting a link to a doctor in London - costing £200 a test with no guarantee of how long it takes. Boots ask for payment of £112 BEFORE you can even see if there is any testing availability in your area. Xmas week??? Forget it! Families can’t come.

And as for treating people coming from different, but equally high risk countries differently - that’s just insulting.

The only viable option is to introduce a form of airport testing. If nothing changes people won’t come back - think of that in the spring/summer folks!!

Not a great xmas message :(

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