An insight into what post-lockdown travel to Spain looks like. September 2020
Wondering what a trip abroad might look like post-soon-to-be-again-LOCKDOWN?
Kayla, took a trip to Majorca to visit friends and shares her insights…
After the recent months, so many of us have been dreaming of a holiday, after all, sunshine and sand under your bare feet is good for the soul. Whist this holiday for me has felt different due to the pandemic, I’m actually so happy I visited the beautiful island of Majorca.
Arriving at Liverpool airport, it was sad to see it so quiet. In August it is usually heaving with excited holidaymakers all eager to catch their planes to destinations around the globe. However, it did feel somewhat eerie this time, and in all honesty, it made me a little nervous about what was to come.
Face coverings must to be worn throughout the airport and are only to be removed whilst eating and drinking, this was the same for both travellers and airport staff. Throughout the airport there was an abundance of signage and announcements, reminding you about social distance rules, the numerous hand sanitizing stations around the airport and reminders to remain wearing your mask throughout.
Not everything was open in the airport, however duty free, Boots, WHSmith and a bar called The Kissing gate were open, which was enough for me to grab a beer and a snack, and a magazine for on the flight. In the bar they have now introduced a QR code for you to order and pay, which is really simple to use and great from a service point of view – you can find your seat first rather than queuing and then having to find a seat whilst handling your order.
When boarding the plane, the staff where helpful in ensuring a 1-2 meters distance between passengers queuing, which this did make boarding a slightly longer process, but it was absolutely fine.
I flew with EasyJet and the crew where fantastic. They all wore face coverings and politely reminded passengers throughout the flight that you could only remove your mask whilst eating or drinking. For refreshments on-board they only accepted card payments and they don’t currently have physical copies of the in-flight magazine, so they advised to use the QR code and download the magazine on your phone prior to take off.
We disembarked in Palma row by row, which again resulted in a slower process, but everyone was happy to do this.
Prior to arriving I had to complete a form for the Spanish authorities confirming where I was staying. They checked this on arrival to Spain and also took my temperature. You can find the forms here: https://www.spth.gob.es/
At the time of writing, in Majorca you currently have to wear face covering in all public spaces and there is a police presence to ensure this happens. The police will issue fines for 100 Euro per person if you are seen not to be adhering. You do not have to wear a face covering whilst walking along the beach promenade, but only if it’s possible to social distance. Once on the beach you do not have to wear face coverings and you are then free to pick a spot to lay your towel or hire a lounger, but bear in mind the distance between you and other beach goers. You are asked not to lay your towel too close to the sea, this is so that people can walk along the sea safely.
The whole beach experience felt like a breath of fresh air, there was plenty of room to social distance, no overcrowding, everyone was respectful and it felt like any normal holiday.
When at the pool you could remove your face covering but again, if you moved from the pool area, it had to go straight back on. Sun loungers, chairs and tables are all 1-2 meters apart, and staff regularly clean all the furniture. You are not allowed to move the sun loungers so unfortunately, there is no chasing the sun around. Again, being by the pool seeing people without face coverings and hearing laughter in the sun was really lovely, and it felt like the old days.
When going out to bars and restaurants you need to have a mask on when you arrive, however once you are at your table you can remove it. If you get up at any point from the table to use the toilet, you will need to put your mask back on.
Whilst I was there some of the evening bars where informed they had to close. This was sad news for many business owners. This was decided based on the type of licence their business had, which was such a shame. The bars and restaurants that are still open have to close by 1am, and the last entry is 12am. There was still plenty of lovely venues open for you to stop by have a drink and something eat, however this was sad to see so many have to close.
If you are travelling to Majorca, or anywhere in Spain really, and think it going to be like it always is, you will be disappointed. However, if you are going to enjoy some nice weather, catch up with friends or relatives, want to enjoy the beaches, do a bit of sightseeing and enjoy some chilled evenings, then I would 100% recommend taking that trip… it did me the world of good!
From airport staff, cabin crew, the Spanish locals and fellow travellers, everyone was respectful with social distancing. In all honesty, I feel I came in to contact with more people in one trip to a supermarket in the UK than I did the whole time I was in Majorca!
I’m so happy I took the trip and would 100% be comfortable travelling again overseas in the future. It is a personal choice, and of course each destination will have different rules and regulations, as well as varying number of travellers! I hear Turkey is extremely popular at the moment, and would imagine it is a very different experience all together.
At the time of writing, you currently have to self isolate on your return from Spain. Authorities are changing rules daily so please keep up to date with any restrictions that may be in place for where you are planning to travel to next. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Written By Kayla Gray