In order to avoid huge losses next summer, the Ibiza government is developing plans to implement rapid COVID-19 testing systems. The idea aims for a safe and open tourist corridor for next summer. The devastating COVID-19 made Ibiza experience an unfortunate summer like many other tourist-focused cities.
Before the pandemic, Spain welcomed approximately 80 million tourists every year. Following the orders of Spain’s Tourism Minister, Reyes Moroto, UK visitors had to face a temporary ban to the country back in June. Now, aiming for a better summer period, the governments of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are looking forward to implementing new measures. The solution to this huge crisis could end if Ibiza introduces rapid coronavirus testing in 2021. The inclusion of this feature could make possible a tourist corridor for those arriving from the UK and Europe.
Nou Diari rep informed a few days ago that the agreed protocol with the relative governing bodies is almost ready. The interesting measure announced by Moroto will affect tourists who come from countries with an AI (infection rate) greater than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. On the other hand, every tourist arriving in the Balaeric or Canary Islands from another country, with an AI of 50 or less, will not undergo testing on arrival. Obviously, tourists who come from countries with an AI greater than 50 will have to present a negative test carried out less than 48 hours before the flight. Hopefully, it will reduce the chances of spreading the virus on the island.
COVID-19 Measures Before Leaving Ibiza
Moreover, tourists will have to follow another protocol before leaving the island. Before taking their flight back, tourists will undergo a COVID-19 test for active infection 48 hours before leaving the country. Luckily for the tourists, these tests will be carried out free of charge. If a visitor tests positive for the virus, they will not be able to fly. Meaning that they will have to quarantine at the same destination. In addition, the two governing bodies also announced they will be providing a series of accommodations for quarantining.
We must remark that tourism is one of the most crucial industries in Spain. Regarding clubbing and the prestigious nightclub scene in Ibiza, these proposed measures is something to look forward to. Spain welcomes approximately 80 million tourists a year, with the industry providing over 12% of the country’s GDP.
Sadly for the clubbing fans, clubs re-closed in August in Spain and Italy. This was due to the rise of coronavirus cases in both countries. Also, bars and restaurants reduced their opening hours receiving a 1 am curfew. In order to avoid small parties, the local authorities are fining people organizing street parties, or parties in beaches and parks.