Employee of a new corona quick test center

Employee of a new corona quick test center at Franz-Josef-Strauss airport puts a solution with a smear from a passenger to be tested for COVID-19 onto a test device in Munich, Germany.

14-11-2020ANDREAS GEBERT

Bulletin readers welcomed the announcement that the British government could ease travel restrictions but the hefty costs of the PCR tests, which would be needed to travel to Majorca, have rather dented their travel plans. These are some of the views of our online readers.

"I own two rental properties on Mallorca and already my bookings are being cancelled as people are saying that they are not paying another 400 pounds on top of what they have already paid for their holiday. If it goes ahead there will be no recovery in tourists if this goes ahead…"

"I have flights booked for a visit in December. They cost me 50 euros return for my wife and I and no way on this planet will I be paying £200 plus for tests. You either want tourists or you don’t, it’s your loss."

"It's crazy. There has to be a better way. A family of four would have to pay £600 on top of there holiday accommodation flights and spending money for PCR tests. Also the chance that someone in the family might test positive showing knowm symptoms like 72% of people. 48 hours before your due to fly ruining all your holiday plans and wasting alot of money. I think I'll stay at home."

"Very simply all this talk about restrictions etc is sorry but basically hot air people need to have clear guidelines and these guidelines cannot change on the Wim of any politician who is having a bad day and needs to show what he is made of , until this happens people will continue to avoid travelling to places like Mallorca or Spain as no one likes to have surprises which cost quite a lot of extra cost as well as spending time in quarantine or worse "

"Travelers from UK will not spend £150 to get a negative test before arrival in Spain.So don't get your tourisms…".

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Pentony / Hace 11 months

It’s not the test would welcome the test , it’s the price . It’s laughable I for one won’t be travelling.

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ODC / Hace 11 months

I think the cost is the problem, but I understand wanting to protect the island (the rule by the way applies to all of Spain). Being a Spaniard living here but travelling frequently to the UK and to Germany I was not best pleased about the 14 day quarantine either - and Tourism in the UK is just as badly affected. As far as I am concerned there are only two ways to making this palatable - either the cost of these PCR tests comes down significantly or the rapid antigen-tests become a lot more reliable going forward.

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Majorca fan / Hace 11 months

Pedro There are many threats to Brits return to majorca. Limited flights and insurance cover and costs cheaper holidays in Greece and eastern Mediterranean. EU threats of visas and passport delays. 40% of Majorca tourists trade is British who will replace them possibly the Irish? I think not

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Lisa / Hace 11 months

The absolute truth is tourists will stay away. The cost and difficulty is securing a test will mean tourists will simply vote with their feet - and go to a destination that actually wants them and makes them feel welcome.

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Daniela Dumitru / Hace 11 months

Definitely l m Not happy to pay for PCR test

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Jorgen / Hace 11 months

Well, if - few a hundred bucks is enough reason to cancel your holidays, then I guess you wont be able to spend some when you are here. Mallorca needs tourists that will spend some cash to help keep the businesses alive. Otherwise we don’t need anyone to come down here and be a potential health risk. So I guess you have to wait until it is safe for all of us to travel:)

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Harriet / Hace 11 months

What happens if you test positive? The PCR tests have a huge false positive rate. You won’t be allowed back on a plane so I guess a room in a quarantine hostel would be your holiday. No thanks

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Tom / Hace 11 months

So now, if a family of four wants to travel to Majorca, they have to pay an extra £600 on top of the cost of their holiday. I really can't see this happening.

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Lee Hadfield / Hace 11 months

Regarding the PCR tests. I live on the island. We are taking a cruise departing and arriving Palma. I am presuming we would have to get a test en route before arrival Palma, but if I’m positive what am I supposed to do? I couldn’t get back on the ship. So I think it hasn’t been thought out enough. Personally, I feel it’s a hassle and a money spin. I have already contacted our travel agent to ask the cut off date to cancel the cruise. If there is not a better acceptable solution nearer our departure date we will just cancel.

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Adam Ostenfeld / Hace 11 months

If you don't want the tourist then you will not get them and you will suffer economically ! every option should be considered with care and thoughtful consideration as the oncoming season will mean either closure or bankrupsie for many small family businesses if proper respect and thoughtful consideration is not given to all these political decisions !!!

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