Ibiza And Majorca May Open This Summer - But Not To Brits
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Anyone hoping for a celebratory late-summer blow out in Ibiza when this is all over may be out of luck, as Balearic Islands officials warn the islands might reopen - but not to Brits.
Tourism on the islands, just off the coast of eastern Spain, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with Spain having the second highest number of cases in the world.
The local government expects the islands to remain closed to visitors through May, June and July, but remain cautiously optimistic about welcoming tourists in August.
However, the tourism board for the islands - which include hot spots such as Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca - say if they do open, they will be doing it "minimally".
Balearics Tourism minister Iago Negueruela reportedly said the destinations will start with just 25 per cent of their usual visitor numbers, which they may extend gradually to 50 per cent in the following months.
But the sad news is us Brits won't be taking precedence.
"There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures and that also puts us in a different situation with respect to them," Negueruela told local news website Diario de Ibiza.
It comes as government officials of Spain's Canary Islands have warned the hotspot won't be opening its doors to international tourists until at least October.
The popular island of Tenerife was badly impacted in the early stages of the pandemic when the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace went into lockdown, following the discovery that an Italian holidaymaker had tested positive for Covid-19.
Regional government officials for travel and tourism have now confirmed the Canary Islands - which are made up of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hiero, plus other smaller islands - will not be open to international holidaymakers until at least October, possibly later.
In their statement, the officials confirmed that 'international tourism' would be the third and final phase of its return to normality, with Canary Island residents taking priority, followed by Spaniards from the mainland, and lastly tourists from abroad.
Spain is the second-worst hit country, second to the United States. The nation's death toll currently stands at 21,717 with 208,389 cases of infection as of Thursday.