President Armengol of the Balearics with Spain's tourism minister, Reyes Maroto

Francina Armengol and Reyes Maroto in Playa de Palma on Thursday.

25-03-2021Jaume Morey

Spain's tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, said in Playa de Palma on Thursday that the Spanish government's forecast is that the vaccination certificate will be ready by June.

Following a meeting with President Armengol and tourism industry and union leaders, Maroto explained that the implementation of the certificate (or passport) still requires a process to verify that the holder meets safety requirements for travel. "The forecast is for it to be operational in Spain by June." In order to put it into operation, it will be important "to have a significant percentage of the population vaccinated" - between thirty and forty per cent and rising to 70% in June. "We need the maximum certainty in order to have a season without taking risks."

This digital certificate "will replace current restrictions when it comes to travelling". "In the case of the Balearics, this will improve the islands' competitiveness in respect of the tourism supplier markets."

Regarding the Balearic government's offer of a pilot project for the certificate, Maroto explained that there will be talks with regions. The Spanish government's intention is to implement it at state level, and "we will accept requests from regions, such as the Balearics, so that tests can be carried out prior to implementation".

On Easter travel, the minister stressed the recommendation that only essential trips should be made, as Spain continues to work on reducing the incidence of the virus.

President Armengol said that the meeting had been "fruitful". Among those attending were the CEO of Meliá, Gabriel Escarrer, and the president of Iberostar, Miguel Fluxá.


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Tom / Hace 10 months

They keep saying high vaccinated levels needed in the population here while end March only 4 % are vaccinated!! To think they can get 70 percent vaccinated by june is pure populistic government talk ! As reality is there is by far not enough vaccines avail by june . It will take Mallorca till Oct nov to get to 70 percent maybe . Time the government told the peopke the truth on what to expect .


Stephen / Hace 10 months

Just accept that us Brits will not be coming to Majorca this year, even those of us with properties on the island. This is because the EU has let you down badly in terms of vaccinations and us Brits will be staying in the UK until the EU catches up with vaccinations if it ever does. The Balearic government is laughable changing their policies every other day driven by the greed of all inclusive hotel owners. Majorca needs a tourist reset and should be targeting a more upmarket visitor who will rent privately and use car hire and local restaurants and supermarkets etc. But this will not happen as your own government killed off this market sector completely a few years ago by their ban on private rentals after lobbying by the all inclusive hotels. So amigos consider your tourist industry cancelled this year while your government has a rethink and local people suffer financially with no work and no jobs.


Peter / Hace 10 months

Why is this important? How does this prevent the spread of covid and consequences both healthwise and economkically on the island ?