Gabriel Escarrer of Meliá.

18-04-2020Miquel À. Cañellas

The CEO of Meliá Hotels International, Gabriel Escarrer, says that this year's tourism season in the Balearics will be "negative". The situation in the Balearics and the Canaries, he argues, will be worse than in mainland regions because of the dependence on foreign markets and air connectivity.

For this reason, he is advocating the introduction of a "health passport". "I believe that it is reasonable that the European Union should take the initiative so that rapid tests can be carried out at points of origin on all passengers. This would need to also be done upon arrival - in the Balearics and the Canaries. In addition, the European health passport would help a great deal."

Escarrer is echoing what President Armengol said during Sunday's videoconference of regional presidents. There are technologies, she observed, which can check the health of people arriving in the Balearics, and the use of these technologies, plus the health passport, should be uniform across the EU.


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ken / Hace 12 months

I think European health passports is an excellent idea.

Question: What about people arriving the Balearics from the United States? Would I be required to take a COVID-19 test in the US before Travelling...Or would I be required to take the COVID-19 Test at the Palma Airport?

Thank You, Kenneth Maloon US Citizen