The island town of Ibiza thrives on its nightlife and music venues.
The beach town thrives on its tourism which is currently at a screeching halt due to Covid-19. But now Ibiza is looking at preparing to welcome back tourists next summer in 2021.
In order to be able to do this safely, they plan to put in place a rapid Covid-19 testing infrastructure. While nightlife is the lifeline of the town, they need to ensure to have measures in place to ensure it doesn’t result in being a virus hotspot.
As reported by Dancing Astronaut, the governments of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands in Spain announced that incoming tourists from countries with an infection rate of fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will not be tested upon arrival. Travelers arriving from countries with higher infection rates will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours of boarding their flight.
The plan is a two-way plan though and in addition to protecting Spain by testing when tourists come in, the plan also includes testing tourists before they leave the island. They will be required to have a negative test taken within 48 hours from when their flight is set to depart.
This test will be apparently be offered free of charge. In the event that a test comes back positive, the governments of both island communities are preparing quarantine accommodations to house infected tourists. COVID-positive passengers will not be allowed to fly.
A new documentary highlighting the spirit of Ibiza is coming next month. With a focus on the community and cultural aspects of Ibiza, the 70-minute documentary titled Born Balearic: Jon Sa Trinxa and The Spirit of Ibiza is centered around legendary DJ Jon Sa Trinxa, who has played records on the same Ibiza beach for over 25 years.
This rapid testing plan seems like a light at the end of the tunnel, even though it will go into effect potentially for the Summer 2021 season. With a thriving tourism industry that provides over 12% of the countries GDP, these plans for return are only a matter of time and we hope to see the beaches raving again, but safely.
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