Yachts, including legal charter vessels, are now allowed to cruise around each separate island in the Balearics, up to 12 miles offshore, although at the moment, this is only for persons are already on the island and Spanish residents.

As from from Saturday 16th May 2020, five Airports ( Barcelona, Canary Islands, Madrid, Malaga, Palma)and eight Maritime Ports (Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Malaga, Tenerife, Valencia, Vigo) have been named as the only entry points into Spain. It would now appear that Ibiza and Menorca Airports along with Tenerife, Alicante and Seville have now been added to that list.

Restrictions still apply to incoming passengers from outside Spain by air or regular maritime routes who have to provide evidence of “essential travel”, e.g. repatriation, medical reasons, essential work, humanitarian reasons etc and 14-day quarantine or self-isolation is required. This information is initially applicable until the next phase is approved on 24th May when, providing the situation continues to improve, more restrictions will be lifted. (e.g. quarantine requirements).

The Spanish and Balearic Governments have made very clear their intention of assisting to the maximum the recovery of the tourism sector in Spain, but at the same time protecting the Islands and mainland tourist spots from any further imported cases of the virus. The specific airports and ports have been chosen as a result of the area having complied with the lockdown requirements and the resulting reduction in new cases of the virus. Also, they all have adequate health installations and services to test and treat any new cases which may occur.

In the latest State Bulletin dated 19th May, it has been confirmed that the ban on Cruise Ships entering Spain is still in place and non-Spanish registered yachts which are not permanently based in a Spanish Port, cannot enter unless professional crew only on board. e.g. arriving as cargo; maintenance or repair work and; sales purposes , this applies for commercial/business reasons, not for pleasure. Certificates such as Certificate of Registry, Commercial Compliance documents, Seaworthiness Certificates, crew certificates etc, which expire during the Periodof Alarm will be considered to be extended until the Period of Alarm is fully cancelled.

The situation is changing on a daily basis but seems to be going in a positive direction. According to new information received today, as a result of a video conference meeting between the Spanish President and the President of the Balearic Islands, it looks like Balearic Airports and Ports will be open to EU flights by the middle of June.

 

 

Credit: Network Marine Consultants, Palma de Mallorca

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