Majorca holidays off until June – Spanish island writes off Easter tourism due to Covid

MAJORCA has "written off" holidays for Easter due to the spread of coronavirus, with them unlikely to resume until June.

It follows the news of the UK lockdown which prohibits all leisure travel abroad, with fears it will be in place until March.

The holiday island had originally hoped that tourism could start up again from March, according to the Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueurela.

Last month, Mr Negueurela expressed his hopes for a restart during the Easter holidays, but has now called that "somewhat utopian".

The Majorca Hoteliers Federation echoed this, according to local media, and warned that the current lockdown restrictions are likely to remain in place for the next few months.

President of the Aviba association of travel agents Francesc Mulet added: "We won't have an Easter.

"In order to have a tourist season, all the control measures will have to be applied during the first quarter of the year so that we can be 'clean' in May and June."

It is also hoped that by June, the vaccination programmes in the UK will allow travel to continue again.

Following the news of the vaccination, the Balearic Islands experienced a booking boom – Majorca saw holidays jump by 30 per cent.

Tour operators and airlines are also offering summer 2021 deals to encourage families to plan ahead, with some even extending their offers for holiday in 2022.

Spain reported 30,759 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, and while the country has yet to go into a full national lockdown, has restrictions in place regarding travel in areas including Madrid and Catalonia.

The country remains on the UK's quarantine list, which includes the Balearic and Canary Islands, meaning a mandatory quarantine is enforced back in the UK.

Restrictions also mean that Brits cannot travel to Spain on holiday until January 19, due to the coronavirus threat in the UK, and will need to have a negative coronavirus test to enter when this is lifted.

Holidays to Spain will be different following the Brexit deal too – including how long you can stay in the country to how long your passport is valid for.

Here is everything you need to know about a holiday to Spain following Brexit.

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