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About 11,000 German holidaymakers will be eligible to visit Balearic islands in Spain, in the next coming days, as a result of a pilot scheme established to help Spain revive tourism sector, which has been profoundly damaged due to the Coronavirus crisis.

A total of 10,987 tourists from Germany will visit Spanish islands on 47 separate flights without the need to test for COVID-19 or to go through 14 days quarantine, Germany-Visa.org reports.

German tourists are however obliged to fill out a public health form, check the temperature on arrival at the airport and give the authorities their detailed information such as contact and the address of their accommodation. If travellers show any of virus symptoms, they will have to carry out a PCR test.

The largest number of German visitors will stay in Mallorca, while there will be eight flights to Ibiza and one to Menorca.

Balearic Island President, Francina Armengol stressed that the scheme is “an important step in helping to restore the Balearics’s reputation as a safe, quality destination.”

The regional government has decided to choose Germany for the scheme as the country sends a large number of tourist to the archipelago, and the health situation in both territories was similar.

“We’re in a similar epidemiological situation to Germany, but that isn’t the case with the UK. What’s more, with Germany we are negotiating within EU conditions and the Schengen zone, which is not the case with the UK,” head of the Balearics’ tourism department,  Iago Negueruela, pointed out.

Spain plans to open their borders to the European Union and Schengen Zone countries as of  June 21, despite the European Union’s pressure to lift internal border restrictions by June 15. Portugal’s land border with Spain will be opened on July 1.

From June 16, Germany’s government has decided to relax entry restrictions for seasonal workers, which have been introduced as part of efforts to stop the further spread of  Coronavirus pandemic.

On June 15, Germany lifted the majority of existing border controls at internal borders.