Nearly 11,000 German travellers will visit the Balearic Islands in the next few days as part of a pilot scheme to help revive Spain’s tourism sector.

Schengen Visa Info reports 10,987 German tourists will visit the islands on 47 separate flights without the requirement to test for COVID-19 or undergo quarantine.

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

German tourists will, however, be required to fill out a public health form, check their temperature upon arrival and give the authorities their contact details and address of their accommodation.

Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands, says the scheme is “an important step in helping to restore the Balearics’ reputation as a safe, quality destination.”

The Balearic Islands government decided to choose Germany for the scheme because the COVID-19 health situation was similar in both territories.

Schengen Visa Info reports Spanish authorities plan to reopen their borders to the European Union and Schengen Zone countries as of 21 June despite the European Union’s recommendations to abolish internal border restrictions by 15 June.

Portugal’s land border with Spain will reportedly be opened on 1 July.

Love Holidays has a helpful guide on how to practice responsible tourism during COVID-19.

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