The British heading to Majorca, Ibiza and Tenerife will have to provide a negative coronavirus test result 48 hours before they are due to arrive.
Under the new rules, holidaymakers and travellers must also test negative for COVID 48 hours before they depart the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The COVID tests will be free of charge but those who return a positive result will be stopped from flying home to the UK and must quarantine until the virus has passed.
Tourists will be offered free accommodation in hotels and other properties that are set aside for quarantining purposes. Any hospital and medical fees will also be covered by the Spanish government.
Spain’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto hopes the new measures, which were agreed by national and regional government representatives yesterday, will form the basis of the country’s air corridor negotiations with the UK.
She said: “Protocols are a useful instrument to reach agreement with our European partners which facilitate the recovery of mobility and reactivation of tourism in conditions of safety and security.”
The Balearic Islands’ tourism minister Iago Negueruela described it as a “great agreement and very important step”.
The Balearics and the Canary Islands reported 794 and 895 Covid-19 cases respectively over the past seven days.
But, there is no guarantee that the UK government will change its advice for holidaymakers travelling to Spain.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
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