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Spain: Police step up in Mallorca’s tourist hotspots as country eases entry restrictions

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The Balearic government together with the Guardia Civil have launched a special operation to increase police presence in popular tourist destinations in Mallorca. The police will monitor the areas to make sure that people are obeying the coronavirus guidelines and rules set in place by Spain.

The country blocked UK arrivals back in December and lifted the ban on March 30.

Although more people are allowed into the country, strict rules remain.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) regularly updates its travel advice for those looking to travel to Spain.

As it stands, Britons must only travel for essential reasons.

The FCDO added: “Only EU and Schengen state citizens, those who are legally resident in EU and associated Schengen states or Andorra, or those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter Spain, will be allowed to enter the country.”

Permitted reasons to enter the country include:

– Habitual residents of the European Union, Schengen States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino; who are travelling to their country of residence and can duly accredit their residence status with documentary evidence.

– Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State, who are travelling onto said country.

– Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals who are going to or returning from essential work.

– Transport personnel, seafarers and aeronautical personnel.

– Diplomatic, consular, international organizations, military, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations.

– Students enrolled in courses starting after 1 January 2021 who carry out their studies in an EU Member or Schengen state and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they are travelling to the country where they are studying, and that entry occurs during the academic year or 15 days previous. Students who started an on-site or in-person course in Spain prior to 1 January 2021 will not require a permit or visa to enter, but should be prepared to provide evidence of this, such as a residence document or proof of enrolment and accommodation (dated prior to 1 January 2021).

– Highly skilled essential workers whose work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events due to take place in Spain.

– People traveling for imperative family reasons who can demonstrate an essential need to travel. For further information, see the relevant Spanish legislation (in Spanish language only).

Boris Johnson is set to unveil his roadmap for abroad holidays in today’s press briefing. 



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