Balearic Islands will cover repatriation costs for tourists if they contract COVID-19

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2021 11:10 a.m.

The Balearic government will insure all tourists staying in legal establishments and cover their repatriation costs in case they become infected with coronavirus while on vacation.

The free insurance, aimed at both foreign tourists and those from other Spanish regions who have to return to their place of origin late due to a coronavirus infection on the islands, will also cover the costs in the event of death.

This is one of the measures presented on Monday by the President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, who intends to persuade German tourist agents, in particular by ensuring that they will also cover the stay in hotels allowing the quarantine visitors who could be infected during their stay in the archipelago.

Armengol, who is traveling to Berlin until Wednesday to promote the islands as a safe destination, will present a preventive five-axis plan to revive tourism activity, the main source of wealth and jobs in the region.

The President plans to meet in Germany the Spanish Ambassador to that country, Ricardo Martínez, as well as senior officials of the employers’ association of DRV travel agencies and the tour operator TUI.

Defense of the security protocol of the tourism sector and cheaper PCR

Once in Germany, Armengol will explain, as reported by the government, that companies and workers in hotels, apartments and tourist residences in the Balearic Islands, as well as those in catering, commerce and discretionary transport, have anti-vacuum protocols. specific.

These include professional training, capacity control, ventilation strategies, and air quality measurement in enclosed spaces and worker bubble groups. In addition, periodic diagnostic tests will be performed on tourism workers.

The tourist insurance, which will be financed by the Tourism Strategy Agency of the Balearic Islands (AIETIB), will cover not only the repatriation costs, but also the costs of an interpreter if necessary, and it is also planned to create a ” call center “operators who speak Spanish, German and English.

Like last year, there will be “bridge hotels” on all the islands to accommodate tourists who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay. Thus, the government is also promoting in Germany as a competitive advantage the establishment by decree from this Sunday of a maximum price of 75 euros for PCR diagnostic tests and 30 euros for antigenic tests, which some tourists may owe. take before returning home.

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