By Ron Howells • 18 April 2021 • 21:53
Spain And Greece Agree To Trial Travel Passport. image: Wikimedia
Green Travel Certificates Will Be Too Late Says Mallorcan Business Federation – Covid certificate needs to be ready a month earlier.
THE federation of small to medium-sized businesses in Mallorca, Pimem, has said it believes that the European digital green certificate will be ready a month too late if the plan is a June rollout. Jordi Mora, the Pimem President, said today Sunday, April 18, that the European Commission has announced its intention to launch pilot projects at the start of June.
Mora added that the tourism industry in Mallorca is banking on the season getting underway from the start of June and not the end. Indications are, he suggested, that the season will proceed from “less to more”; September will be the best month. The certificate will be welcome, as will be “anything that conveys security and facilitates mobility.” However, it could do with being fully operational earlier than is being envisaged.
The green travel certificate, widely referred to by many as a vaccine passport, will not be “fully operational” until the end of the month once all the legal processing and technical development have been completed.
As of March 14, Germany has taken the Balearic Islands out of its risk zone map in a move that reactivated flights to Mallorca. This has meant there has been mini-boom for the tourist industry on the island with cafés, beach clubs and restaurants seeing a healthy increase in numbers.
However, masks are still obligatory, frequent hand-washing is encouraged and a negative PCR test is required for travel. For anyone looking to get a very quick PCR test in Mallorca, we’d recommend Origenlab Genómica in Plaza Progreso, Palma de Mallorca. The RNA test samples are obtained from saliva (as opposed to the nose and mouth), you receive the results the same day and there is even a discount for groups. It’s affordable too at €30 for an Antigen test and €80 for a PCR test.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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