Spain To Welcome 6,000 German Tourists On Pilot Test

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Spain To Welcome 6,000 German Tourists On Pilot Test

In a bid to increase tourism after the long hiatus, Spain is planning to fly 6000 German tourists to the beaches of Balearic Islands, starting June 15. The initiative is an aim to bring tourism back. The Balearic Islands constitute the Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera.

Spain’s Plan To Revive Tourism

Spain will reopen to tourists on 1 July and the Balearic Islands will open two weeks before to help the country once the borders open. The 6000 Germans who fly into the island will not be subject to the two-week quarantine currently imposed on all foreign arrivals in Spain.

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Of the 6000 people, 4000 will be able to visit Majorca, 1,000 have permission to visit Ibiza, 1,000 to Menorca. However, permission has not been granted yet to visit Formentera.

The plan is part of Spain’s safe travel corridor. Spain is currently in talks with a number of governments where summer holidays are likely to happen. The country is planning to follow a policy called ‘green bridges’ that would permit travellers from, low-infected areas to visit other low-infected areas in Europe. This destination-to-destination approach is done in an aim to boost tourism. The central government approved the plan after a meeting between several ministers.

What Else?

With the pandemic taking a downward trend, countries across the world are finally attempting to repair their tourism-dependent economies. Here’s a list of countries that are cautiously opening for tourism. 

Besides reopening cautiously, massive holiday discounts are also part of the reopening strategy for many countries. Most countries dropped holiday rates by almost 50%, to lure tourists. Travel companies are selling bargain deals to destinations including Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, UK and many other countries. Meanwhile, did you know Bali Might Welcome Tourists By October.

Holiday Prices To Spain

Spain has reopened its borders with a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine regulation which is also expected to be lifted from July. Holiday prices have also gone down drastically. Prices for a holiday in Tenerife has gone down by 19%, Lanzarote by 17 %, Majorca by 13 % and Fuerteventura by 10%.

Besides, Spain also introduced smart ways for its citizens to enjoy its beaches once again. Canet d’en Berenguer, a Mediterranean town in Spain, is planning to allow only 5,000 daily sunbathers on its local beach when it reopens, while the Sanxenxo in Galicia will allocate entry to its beaches on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis only. All so that tourists can enjoy its gorgeous beaches while being socially distant. In addition, the country also deployed robots in its fight against Covid. 

And now, Spain plans to reopen to international tourists from 1 July onwards. Besides, the Spanish football league will re-start its business on 8th July, but without any audience. It might open doors for spectators later, depending on the conditions. However, many major Spanish festivals like the Bull Running Festival and La Tomatina, which were scheduled to take place in July and August respectively, have been cancelled this year.

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Other countries including Portugal, UK, Bulgaria and Greece have also slashed holiday prices in an attempt to lure travellers.