22-02-2021

The Balearic government is pushing hard for the introduction of the vaccine passport and the British travel industry are singing from the same hymn sheet. The local authorities believe that this will be the quickest and safest way to get the holiday industry moving. Local tourist industry sources say that the passport is the best way forward especially in the short-term.

The British government has said that they support the idea of a vaccine passport.

In a letter to the prime minister, the travel association ABTA said: "We know that it is too early to put a specific date on the return to international travel and that there will be a need for flexibility in the approach, but what we need are some principles for restarting travel - recognising that the return to normal life will never be entirely risk-free."

The letter added that the government should recognise the travel industry cannot afford to wait until everyone in the UK is vaccinated, especially since there will be people who reject the vaccine, so "a practical and cost-effective testing regime" should be adopted.

During the pandemic, travel agents have seen an economic loss of 86% and 160,000 jobs have been lost, according to the Office for National Statistics.

As well as introducing more testing, ABTA wants the Foreign Office to issue travel advice in relation to COVID-19 on a regional basis, as opposed to a whole country.

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Florida Giuliano / Hace about 1 month

My son lives in Mallorca and I want to visit and come and live there as soon as possible. I would appreciate receiving Mallorca news

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Stephen Little / Hace about 1 month

What about people who have had Covid? The scientific consensus is out, but this is likely to be about as effective as a vaccine in terms of immunity. Seems very unfair to under 50s as we are last to receive the vaccine, but also the most likely to have a summer holiday.

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Sayiner / Hace about 1 month

When people have vaccine primed immune systems, their body deals with the infection a lot faster, so they, in theory, reduce the amount of virus they spread when they are in contact with other people, and this in turn reduces the severity of the infection in people who are contacts.

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Lee / Hace about 1 month

What a cheek! They want everyone visiting to vaccinated but they can’t even vaccinate their own living on the island. This can’t replace a PCR test to demonstrate your negative as a vaccinated person can carry the virus.

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Steve / Hace about 1 month

Vaccine Passports don't help the destination countries in any way. We can all spread the virus, vaccinated or not. The only priority for our tourist economy is to get us all vaccinated, the rest will take care of itself. No tourisrs until we'bve all had the jab...

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JR / Hace about 1 month

Why would the tourists rush back to sewage on the beaches? Rip off prices? Yob holidays? It is time for Mallorca to rethink the package they offer. Sort out the disgraceful condition of the sewers, upgrade the hotels, improve the quality, try to smile as though you mean it. Maybe then some people will come back.

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Burgundy Blue / Hace about 1 month

Tourism may never recover to the numbers previously seen.

The long-term answer for the Baleares is NOT to put all available resources into trying to tempt reluctant holidaymakers back, but to invest in the diversification of the local economy so that we are not reliant on one fragile revenue stream to feed our children.

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Burgundy Blue / Hace about 1 month

Tourism may never recover to the numbers previously seen.

The long-term answer for the Baleares is NOT to put all available resources into trying to tempt reluctant holidaymakers back, but to invest in the diversification of the local economy so that we are not reliant on one fragile revenue stream to feed our children.

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Peter / Hace about 1 month

I can't see any relevance whether tourists are vaccinated or not. They'll spread the virus just the same, so until we're all vaccinated here there can be no tourism without the risk of our numbers skyrocketing again. If our government don't see this, the results could bring a new meaning to the words "suffering economkically"....

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