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The advanced Balearic pilot plan that today receives the first foreign tourists

Palma / Palma airport receives the first foreign tourists arriving in Spain in three months this Monday thanks to a pilot plan to experiment with security protocols, which is one week ahead of the opening of borders and freedom of movement between autonomous communities.

At 10:35 am, a TUI tour operator flight with travelers from Düsseldorf is scheduled to land in Mallorca.

These tourists open the summer season after the blockade of tourism in Europe and practically the whole world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Düsseldorf flight, which will be followed in the afternoon by another one originating in Frankfurt, is the first of 47 initially authorized until June 30 at the airports of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca by the Ministry of Health for this pilot plan.

The decision of the Government to reopen the borders to tourism on June 21 leaves the duration of the project in just one week, and the flights scheduled at 6 -5 in Mallorca and 1 in Ibiza-, since the other 41 were scheduled from next Sunday.

However, the president of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, has underlined after learning about the progress of the reopening of borders that she herself proposed two weeks ago that international tourism was authorized at the same time that national tourism was allowed with the rise of the state alarm.

“It makes more sense than ever (…), we are the first destination to open,” said the president of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, about the pilot plan, which, according to her, will allow testing the operation of health safety protocols in the face to a season that awaits a reactivation, at least partially, of the main economic engine of the archipelago in the middle of the summer season.

The pilot plan, which will only start in Ibiza with a flight next Wednesday, is planned for a maximum of 10,900 tourists from the German airports of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart, and has been negotiated with the TUI tour operators, DER Touristik and Schauinslad-Reisen.

TUI, the main wholesaler of the German market in the Balearic Islands, has already scheduled tourist trips, such as those that will take place tomorrow, but the other two companies initially planned to move only specialists and their own staff to evaluate the security measures adopted and prepare a future “landing”.

The Balearic Government has also worked on the project in coordination with the hotel management companies, mainly that of Mallorca, the island of the archipelago preferred by German visitors.

The first tourists will be accommodated in hotels in Playa de Palma equipped with security measures, equipped with signage and signs to promote the monitoring of health recommendations by guests and attended by personnel with specific training.

Travelers, among whom, in addition to tourists, will be Germans with a second residence in Mallorca, who until now have been denied access to the island, must fill out a health questionnaire on the plane and undergo a temperature control upon arrival.

In addition, they will have to provide their telephone number and place of accommodation for the Balearic Government staff to monitor their health status during their stay.

The regional executive has contracted apartments to isolate any visitor who may test positive for coronavirus when hospitalization is not required. Any foreign tourist will receive the same medical attention as a resident if required.

Canary Islands asks visitors for tests

The Government of the Canary Islands is also clearly betting on reviving tourism, a sector on which 35% of the GDP of the autonomous community depends, but is betting on a return of visitors linked to carrying out tests.

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has said that he will continue to insist that the safest way to deal with the return of tourism is to test covid-19 at origin for tourists, before they embark on their vacations.

Torres admits that the proposal has difficulties, because implementing it depends not only on the Government of Spain, but on agreements with third countries, but he has also stressed that if the tests are not carried out at origin, they will be carried out at destination. That is, when the tourist arrives at the airport of the island that he has chosen for his vacation. (June 15, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Principalmente el texto habla de...
los primeros turistas extranjeros que van a visitar España.
unas declaraciones del presidente de Canarias.
la fecha de la reapertura de las fronteras al turismo en España.
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En el texto se dice que...
hoy no se espera la llegada de turistas extranjeros a las islas Baleares.
los turistas alemanes e ingleses son los primeros que van a llegar a las islas Baleares hoy.
los primeros turistas que van a llegar a las islas Baleares vienen de Alemania.
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la mayoría de esos vuelos tienen como destino Mallorca.
esos turistas llegan a España justo cuando se vuelven a reabrir las fronteras al turismo en todo el país.
el Gobierno español espera aprobar hoy un plan piloto relacionado con los protocolos de seguridad.
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En el texto se dice que...
esos turistas se van a alojar en hoteles que cumplen con las medidas de seguridad.
el presidente de Canarias no cree necesario realizar pruebas de COVID-19.
esos turistas no tienen que rellenar un formulario sobre su estado de salud.
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las fronteras se van a abrir con seguridad.
España abre sus fronteras el 1 de julio.
no se abren las fronteras el 21 de junio en España.
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