Mallorca tightened entry rules |

The participants of organized group trips must in future submit a negative PCR test or demonstrate complete vaccination protection, as the government of the Spanish Mediterranean region announced in Palma on Monday.

In the future, this will apply to groups of 20 people or more visiting Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca or Formentera, it said. In Madrid alone, 493 infections have been registered by young people who were on a school trip to Mallorca in mid-June, as the regional government announced on Monday. A particularly large number of cases were recorded in the Basque Country, Valencia, Galicia and Catalonia, among others. The numbers are increasing every day.

It is believed that many of the young people affected traveled with the same ferry from Valencia to Mallorca. Others probably only came into contact with each other on the island. All students were infected with the alpha variant of the virus, which was first discovered in the UK, it said.

The corona numbers in Spain had been falling almost continuously for months. For a few days, however, the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants has risen within seven days. On Monday it broke the 50 mark again after a long time.One of the concerns in Spain is the spread of the delta variant of the corona virus in neighboring Portugal.

When entering Spain in general, the following applies: residents of several EU countries, including Germany, as well as some EU regions do not have to present a negative corona test even if they are still unvaccinated. The reason for this is that these countries and regions, together with 15 EU third countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the USA and China, are not on the list of risk areas of the Spanish Ministry of Health.

This means that Germans who want to travel to Spain only have to present a corona test or proof of complete vaccination protection if they want to go to the Balearic Islands and are part of an organized tour group of 20 or more tourists.

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