Coronavirus rules – 10 things you need to know for your Mallorca holiday

Friday, October 21st, 2022

In Spain, the national state of emergency came to an end on the 9th of May 2021, however, there are still several Coronavirus rules that need to be observed in Mallorca. We have summarised some of the main points for you here.

Please note that the Coronavirus rules change continuously. We try our best to keep this article updated, to give you access to the most up-to-date information.

1. Spain Entry Requirements

Health controls for travellers arriving from the EU or Schengen-countries were discontinued in June 2022. Health controls for travellers arriving from non-EU, non-Schengen countries have been lifted with effect from 21/10/2022. Passengers arriving at Palma Airport no longer need to provide proof of Covid-vaccination / -recovery or a negative test result. A health control form is no longer required.

2. Face Masks

Strict face mask rules had been in place In Mallorca for nearly one year following their introduction in July 2020. Since then, there have been several changes to the rules, depending on the Covid situation in Mallorca. It is currently no longer mandatory to wear a face mask outside, although it may still be recommended in crowded places, i.e. if it is not possible to keep a minimum distance of 1.50 metres to other people around you.

As of Wednesday, 20/04/2022, the following rules apply for indoor spaces: face masks are no longer needed in public buildings like shops, restaurants, museums, cinemas, or theatres. However, you still need to wear a face mask inside airports, at train stations, on public transport, in hospitals, and in doctor’s surgeries. The type of mask to be worn is not specified. Whether you prefer a reusable cloth mask, surgical mask, FFP2- or FFP3 mask – the choice is yours.

3. Hotel stay and holiday accommodation

In the earlier stages of the pandemic, it was only permitted to share a hotel room with other people, if everyone lived together in the same household at home. This is now no longer a requirement. Hotel spa areas and indoor pools were reopened in spring 2021. Hotel restaurants can stay open until 2 am.

4. Eating out

Restaurants and hotels are allowed to serve indoors as well as outdoors. There are no longer any restrictions regarding the maximum number of people that can be seated at the same table. Earlier this year, people wishing to dine inside a restaurant still needed to be able to provide proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test result. However, as of 12/02/2022, this is no longer required. And, in line with the latest changes, as of 20/04/2022, face masks are no longer needed in restaurants.

5. Beach and pool

There is no longer a limitation to the maximum number of people that can meet outside. While, for some time, it had not been permitted to visit the beach at night-time, there are currently no restrictions. Beaches can be accessed any time, day or night.

6. Shopping

All shops, including larger shopping centres, can remain open until midnight and can operate at 100 % of their capacity. The sale of alcoholic drinks is currently prohibited between the hours of 9.30 pm and 8.00 am. Proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result is not needed in shops. While shopkeepers and staff still need to wear face masks, as of Wednesday, 20/4/2022, customers are no longer required to do so

7. Nightlife

A curfew that had been introduced in December 2020, came to an end on the 3rd of June 2021, after a ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court. Following this, it was not permitted to meet people from other households between 2 am and 6 am, however, these restrictions were lifted at the beginning of September 2021. Bars and restaurants are currently allowed to open up until 2 am. At the beginning of October 2021, the opening times for pubs were extended to 4 am. The long-debated re-opening of nightclubs took place on 8/10/2021. Earlier this year, anyone visiting a bar or a nightclub needed to be able to provide proof of vaccination/recovery or a negative test result. As of 12/02/2022, this is no longer required.

8. Public Transport

The wearing of a face mask on public transport continues to be obligatory, despite the fact that the rules have been relaxed elsewhere. The consumption of food or drink on public transport is not allowed. Face masks should also be worn inside taxis and transfer vehicles. They are not needed inside car hire vehicles.

9. Smoking

Smoking in public areas is only allowed if it is possible to keep a minimum distance of 2 metres from other people around you. Therefore, it is not permitted to smoke on bar- or restaurant terraces, and smokers cannot stand together in a group. If you do smoke in a public area, you need to stay in one spot – smoking while walking is not allowed.

10. Return Journey

Please familiarise yourself with the current entry regulations for your travel destination several days prior to departure. If a negative Covid test result is required, you will need to arrange an appointment at one of the private health clinics located on the island. For more information on Covid-testing in Mallorca, please see here. If you are returning to the UK, you will find a summary of the requirements on our page “Travelling from Mallorca to the UK – Covid-19 rules“.

For more information, please visit our pages:

Covid-19 – what you need to know when travelling via Palma Airport


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