HOLIDAYS abroad remain on pause as coronavirus cases continue to rise globally.

While Spain is lowering some of their lockdown restrictions – after being one of the hardest hit in Europe – a trip to the country may go ahead this year, depending on the region.

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Spain currently has over 285,000 cases of coronavirus, with 27,127 deaths – 10,000 less than the UK.

Yet with confusing advice and conflicting opinions on when Brits can go back, here is everything you need to know about heading to Majorca or Ibiza any time soon.

What is the advice from the UK government?

The UK government's advice of avoiding all non-essential travel remains in place, with no plans for this to be ended any time soon.

While the UK tourism industry may resume next month, there is no mention of international travel.

A 14-day quarantine is also being put into place next week for anyone returning to the UK, including British nationals.

Air bridges- an agreement between two countries to waive the quarantine – are being considered from the UK to other tourist destinations, including Spain.

Travel corridors between the UK and Spain could open between destinations such as Birmingham and Majorca first, if they have lower cases of coronavirus.

Are tourists allowed to visit the Balearic Islands?

International tourists are not currently allowed onto the islands, with the state of emergency in place until June 21.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez hopes that tourists will be able to return to the country by July, while the Balearics Islands regional government is campaigning to run a test with 3,000 foreign tourists from June 16.

However, British tourists may be the last to be allowed into the country due to the high number of coronavirus cases in the UK.

The Canary Islands tourism minister said the UK's "health situation needs to improve" before they can be welcomed back to the country.

Will I have to quarantine in the Balearic Islands?

The country is quarantining visitors until the June 21, where it will then be lifted.

British tourists who test positive for coronavirus on Majorca and Ibiza face being ordered out of their hotels to self-isolate in apartments.

The islands’ health minister Patricia Gomez hinted holidaymakers who start displaying Covid-19 symptoms or test positive could even be made to pay for their emergency accommodation.

Are flights running?

Limited flights are currently running, with Wizz Air offering routes to Majorca.

However, easyJet hopes to resume a reduced service from mid-June although this will primarily be domestic routes.

Ryanair and British Airways plan to operate again by July.

Not only will there be limited flights, but airlines are expected to follow strict new health measures such as social distancing on board as well as face masks and additional disinfecting between journeys.

Are hotels and attractions open?

Some hotels in Majorca are already open, while the island's hotel association FEHM hopes to open a number of hotels this month during the pilot test run, with more opening by July 1.

Hotels across Ibiza fear they will have to remain closed for the summer season despite Spanish Prime Minister's "open for business" declaration because bookings are still at rock bottom.

Others say that due to the confusion over who will be able to travel, especially the Brits, entire floors of hotels are likely to be locked down in a bid to make ends meet.

Beaches are open but sunbathing and swimming in the sea or pools is banned until Phase 3 which doesn’t begin until June 8.

There are likely to be queues as well as limited sun loungers and areas available as resorts restrict the number of visitors.

Bars and restaurants are open at 50 per cent capacity, while cinemas and theatres are operating at just one third and only offer pre-booked seats.


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