Tourists arriving into Ibiza from the UK will need to show a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to enter. The new requirements will come into effect on Friday 2nd July.
The change was made public yesterday, 29th June 2021, via an announcement from Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez. The Balearic island, along with its neighbours Mallorca, Majorca and Formentera, had been added to the UK’s ‘green list‘ for travel without the need to quarantine last week, leading to a surge in demand and in some cases a doubling in the cost of flights.
Spain has taken the decision to ask for inoculation and to reintroduce mandatory testing for entry due to the UK’s rising number of COVID-19 cases driven by the spread of the new ‘Delta’ variant of the virus. The PCR test must be taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival on any of the islands. This comes as Portugal has also changed its policy for UK citizens, who must now quarantine for 14 days after landing in the country unless they have been fully vaccinated.
Despite ongoing issues with travel, the nightlife industry is making a gradual return to Ibiza. DJ Mag recently reported on various promoters’ plans to bring back parties to the island. On Friday 25th June, the Hard Rock Hotel hosted Ibiza’s first club pilot event, attended by 1,5000 key workers. The result of this will be released soon and could result in the widespread reopening of venues within weeks. Currently, Spain is tentatively starting to allow clubs to operate again, on a regional basis.