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Ibiza Coronavirus Update (30) 11-02-2022

As another wave passes, we can breathe a little easier.

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As with many other parts of the world, since our last update back in December, there has been a massive surge in Covid-19 infections in Ibiza and Formentera, driven by the Omicron variant. This latest wave has caused the tragic deaths and hospitalisation of some vulnerable victims but, thankfully, the number has been very small compared to the very high case numbers.

During this phase, no further changes to the rules of social interaction have taken place so we haven’t felt the need to report. But now the numbers of cases are subsiding dramatically, so much so, that the national and Balearic governments are beginning to scale back some of the stricter regulations. If you are travelling to the islands soon, here are the important details you need.

On a national level, the Royal Decree to impose the compulsory wearing of masks in outdoor public places has been withdrawn. The mandate to wear masks indoors remains, for the time being.

Adult travellers from the UK are still expected to be fully vaccinated but the requirement for teenagers, between 12 to 17 to be vaccinated has now been dropped. Instead, all minors in this age group must be able to produce a negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. The change comes into force on Monday, 14 February, just in time for the UK half-term break.

At a local level, the Balearic government has just rescinded the need to produce a ‘COVID Passport’ in order to enter hospitality venues – such as bars and restaurants, cinemas, gyms, theatres, etc. This will be another boost to the beleaguered hospitality industry.

Hopefully, these are really good signs as we rapidly approach the start of the holiday season. We hope to bring news of the further easing of restrictions soon and are looking forward with optimism to an uninterrupted summer once again. Salud!

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