Saturday, September 11th, 2021
The school summer holidays are over. Good news for anyone without school-age children, as this is the perfect time for a late summer getaway. While it might no longer be as hot as during high season, the weather in Mallorca still tends to be extremely pleasant at this time of year. With the beaches and tourist resorts less busy than during the height of the summer, now is a great opportunity for a relaxing holiday on the island. But how about the current situation in Mallorca? Is this a good time to travel with regards to case numbers and Covid restrictions? The answer to both of these questions is a definite “yes!”.
While earlier in the summer the infection rates in Mallorca had been on the rise, and the seven-day incidence had climbed to around 375 per 100,000, this problem was quickly addressed with decisive actions by the local and national government. Corona restrictions were tightened once more and the vaccination campaign was stepped up. From the beginning of July, vaccinations were extended to anyone aged 16 or over, and since the 23rd of July, even 12 to 15-year olds are included in the immunisation programme. The campaign was generally well-received and by now around 77% of the population in the Balearics are fully vaccinated.
These measures appear to have been successful – over the last few days, the seven-day incidence rate in Mallorca has been under 70 in 100,000. This compares to around 400 per 100,000 in the UK. In addition to this, the infection rate or R-number in Mallorca has recently been at around 0.75. This number indicates the growth rate of infections in any given area. An R-number below 1 is good news, as it means that the rate of infection amongst the population is falling.
Due to these positive developments, the Corona restrictions in Mallorca have been relaxed once more and the existing rules do not tend to impact much on those who want to spend a few days unwinding in the late summer sunshine. All shops and hospitality venues are open for business. While nightclubs remain closed, restaurants and bars can stay open until 2 am. Beaches can be accessed between 6 am and midnight. Masks still need to be worn inside public buildings and on public transport but are no longer mandatory outside.
In terms of the paperwork needed for getting there and back, the rules currently differ slightly, depending on which country you are travelling from. Travellers from abroad need to have completed an FCS form (health questionnaire) and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-test result on arrival in Mallorca. More detailed information about the documents needed can be found on our Covid documentation page.
Many holidaymakers will require a negative Covid test result for their return journey. This is easy to come by as there are test centres in most major resorts and there is a testing facility at Palma Airport. For more information please see our page “Covid testing in Mallorca” and familiarise yourself with the up-to-date entry regulations for your travel destination several days before you are due to fly back. With a little preparation, these additional requirements are easy to manage and most definitely worth the effort when you are rewarded with some beautiful and relaxing days in the Mallorcan September sunshine.
Find out more about the current UK entry regulations on our page “Travelling from Mallorca to the UK – Covid-19 rules“.