Spain prepares for a trial run-size prior to the reopening of its borders with the european Union, except Portugal, on 21 June 2020. In fact, nearly 10,000 German holidaymakers are due to arrive in the Balearic islands from Monday, June 15, in the framework of a pilot program called " corridors of tourist safe ". Its purpose ? Help the country to revive the tourism sector, hard hit by the pandemic of novel coronavirus. The Balearic islands depend on tourism for 35 % of their GDP, and the sector represents about 12 % of the national GDP.
These 10 900 true-false tourists are expected to arrive at the edges of 47 flights different during these next few days to soak for at least five days on the paradise archipelago, as affirmed by our colleagues at the Guardian. If most of the Germans will stay in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, some will have the chance to set foot on the warm sand of Ibiza and Menorca.
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In the framework of this programme, the German tourists will not need to be tested for the coronavirus and will also be exempt from the mandatory quarantine period of two weeks. They will, however, need to fill out a form of public health, is to take the temperature immediately upon their arrival at the airport and provide the authorities with their contact details and the address of their accommodation. If they develop symptoms, a team will be sent on-site to perform a PCR test. The health authorities will also remain in contact with tourists via their mobile phones.
"Destination safe and of high quality"
Francina Armengol, president of the archipelago, described the project as " an important step to help restore the reputation of Baléaress ", a " safe destination and quality ". The regional government says it has brought his choice to the German tourists, because Germany is the country that sends the most visitors in the archipelago and because of the health situation in Germany is similar to that of the Spanish islands.
The Spanish government is confident that these tests will be informative, including for other parts of the country where they will be required to restore the complete freedom of movement. "This will give us the necessary guarantees as regards the monitoring, identification and isolation of possible cases of Covid-19 among a group of tourists ", explains the executive.
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The Covid-19 has killed more than 27,000 people in Spain and infected more than 242 000 people. Between 11 may and 11 June, the health authorities in spain have recorded 104 cases of imported virus among the people from other countries.
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