PCR test, insurance, information for your holidays – L’Internaute

It is possible to go on holiday in the Balearic Islands provided you follow different rules put in place by the authorities. Border control, PCR test, opening hours of establishments, access to beaches... Here are the current measures to follow when traveling to the Balearic Islands.

[Mis à jour le 2 mars 2022 à 16h26] The beautiful days are fast approaching and with them the desire to travel in the sun. Among the favorite destinations of the French in Europe, the islands of Balearics make you dream with their picturesque beaches, their fine sandy beaches and their unmissable tourist sites. Entry conditions, PCR test, vaccine, open places... We take stock of the measures put in place for your holidays in the Balearic Islands.

The Balearic health services have set up a network of Covid Express points in which it is possible to carry out an antigen test without an appointment, a network supplemented by more than 50 approved screening centers, thus allowing tourists on the islands to easily carry out tests if necessary.

Travelers aged 12 or over entering the Balearic Islands from France must present one of these three documents required at the Spanish borders (land, air and sea):

  • A negative screening test certificate for Covid-19 from an RT-PCR test (commonly called PCR), TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc., or an antigenic test (TAG) recognized by the European Union (feasible in pharmacy). The test result must have been issued within 48 hours of arrival in the Balearic Islands, and include the number of an identity document or travel document of the person tested.
  • A certificate of complete vaccination against Covid-19 including the date (the last injection must be at least 14 days before arrival), the name of the vaccine and the country of vaccination.
  • A Covid-19 recovery certificate with the date of the traveller's first positive test (maximum 180 days before the date of arrival), the type and country of the test carried out.

The document presented must be written in French, Spanish, English or German, and must absolutely be accompanied by the traveler registration form, to be completed online and to keep in the form of a QR code on your mobile (smartphone, tablet).

Travelers from France do not have to observe a quarantine period upon arrival in the Balearic Islands. Only people arriving from India are subject to it. On return to France either, travelers from Spain are not subject to quarantine. On the other hand, they must absolutely show either: - a certificate of complete vaccination against Covid-19. - the negative result of a PCR test or an antigen test carried out less than 72 hours before departure (it will therefore have to be carried out from the Balearic Islands for people leaving for more than 3 days).

There is no longer a curfew in effect in Spain since May 9, the day the end of the state of emergency was declared. However, the Balearics maintain restrictive measures, especially at night, to continue to contain the virus.

Travel between the different Balearic Islands is authorized without restriction. It is therefore for example possible to easily travel between Mallorca and Ibiza.

There are also no restrictive measures for people arriving from a Spanish autonomous community where "the incidence of the virus at 14 days is less than 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants", and for all travelers who have been vaccinated in the last 8 months or ill in the last 6 months.

For the rest, all travelers aged 6 and over arriving in the Balearic Islands from Spain must present a negative PCR test dated no more than 72 hours before departure or a TAG carried out within 48 hours before departure, accompanied by a specific registration form to be completed online.

Unlike some countries, Spain does not require special insurance covering hospitalization costs following a case of Covid. There is therefore no compulsory Covid insurance to take out before traveling to the Balearic Islands. On the other hand, it is recommended to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at least 20 days before departure on the French Health Insurance websitebecause the latter covers the lump sum of 50 euros on PCR tests carried out in Europe and it will sometimes be possible for you to avoid advancing the costs.

All establishments in the Balearic Islands, with the exception of essential businesses, currently close at midnight and are limited to welcoming 150 people at the same time indoors and 250 people outdoors. The many clubs, clubs and bars in the archipelago, but also the restaurants which usually close very late in Spain, are required to respect these measures. In addition, restaurants are subject to additional reception rules, namely a capacity reduced to 50% and a maximum of 6 people per table indoors, compared to 10 people on the terrace. More generally, gatherings of more than 10 people in indoor private spaces and 15 people outdoors are prohibited. This also applies to beaches.

Beaches in Spain are now reopened, but they remain subject to restrictive measures, which may differ somewhat between regions. In the Balearic Islands, the beaches are thus prohibited to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, as is the case with any outdoor gathering, there can be no more than 15 people gathered at the same place on the beach.

Several airlines serve the three Balearic airports with direct flights from France: - Air France, Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling Airlines, Tuifly.be, Volotea, easyJet, Ryanair, Transavia France and Germania all land at the airport of Palma de Mallorca. - Air France, Iberia, Vueling Airlines, Tuifly.be, Volotea, easyJet, Ryanair and Transavia France land in Ibiza (not Air Europa or Germania). - Vueling Airlines, Volotea, easyJet, Transavia France and Tuifly.be currently fly to Menorca via Mahon airport.

With a stopover, the list of airlines grows even longer and it is therefore very easy to find a flight to travel to the Balearic Islands, regardless of the airport at which you wish to land. Especially since with the drop in health restrictions, airlines have decided to increase their air traffic to the archipelago this summer of 2021. Air France, for example, has increased the number of flights to Ibiza. And additional flights or connections are also expected from July with several low-cost companies: additional Ryanair flights from Marseille and Malta Air (Ryanair subsidiary) from Bordeaux, and Transavia has just launched a connection to Menorca from Nantes and Lyon, in addition to the one already existing from Paris. Before departure, it is important to check whether the chosen airline asks its passengers to fulfill additional conditions to those of the authorities.

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