//Amber list destinations: Balearic Islands

Amber list destinations: Balearic Islands

Floating off Spain’s east coast, the popular Balearic Islands include Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca. Majorca is the Balearic’s largest island with a clutch of hedonistic resorts in the south and luxury boutique resorts in the north. Under-the-radar Formentera is known for its Caribbean-like beaches and hippy vibes, while Menorca is a hit with families who favour its quiet beaches and megalithic sites. Ibiza’s main resort San Antonio is famed for its club scene, but its pretty north coast is awash with secluded beaches.

Are the Balearic Islands on the amber list?

The Balearic Islands (which include Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca) will be moved from the green list to the amber list at 4am on July 19.

Will I have to quarantine?

The government has set up a traffic light system, which ranks countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:

  • the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
  • the rate of infection
  • the prevalence of variants of concern
  • the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

Spain has recently tightened its entry requirements for Brits visiting Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics, due to fears over the Delta variant of Covid-19.

British travellers entering the Balearics will now need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 48 hours of travel or show proof of vaccination (an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter). Anyone using vaccination status needs to have received their second jab at least 14 days before travel. These rules apply to all Brits aged 12 and over. A pre-travel declaration form also needs to be completed before travel.

The rest of Spain is also on the UK’s amber list.

On return to the UK, double-vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine – although they must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test and another test on or before the second day after arriving in the UK. Travellers who have not received both vaccinations will need to quarantine for 10 days or five days through the Test to Release scheme. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.

How do I get to the Balearic Islands?

Numerous airlines fly to the Balearic Islands from the UK, including British Airways, Iberia, Jet2, Ryanair and easyJet.