President Francina Armengol of the Balearics

Francina Armengol speaking on Thursday.

26-11-2020Govern de les Illes Balears

On Thursday, President Armengol announced that the government will provide free PCR tests for residents of the Balearics who travel to the islands for the Constitution holiday in early December.

Armengol said that this will be an "extraordinary" measure for an "extraordinary" situation. Residents of the islands arriving back in the Balearics will be able to have a voluntary test at a health centre. The president explained that tests cannot be done at airports or ports as the government doesn't have the powers necessary for this; the regional government doesn't have a management function at airports or ports.

Results from the tests, for people's "safety" and to put them at ease, will be available in less than 24 hours. Armengol said that there will be an "ultra-fast" system.

It would seem that these tests are just for people travelling from the mainland, as anyone arriving from a risk area abroad is meant to provide proof of a negative PCR test prior to travel.

Constitution Day is December 6, which is a Sunday. Monday the seventh is therefore a public holiday, and Tuesday the eighth (Immaculate Conception) is also a public holiday.

A phone number for arranging a test will be available from December 3. It is 900 100 971.

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Lisa / Hace 11 months

Different rules, for different people.

How can this be scientifically sound or fair??

Everything this government does sends out the clear message - we don’t want tourists.

This madness needs to stop.

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