British sunseekers have been told to be on their very best behaviour before flying to green list party destinations in the Balearic Islands.
Tourism bosses and political leaders in Ibiza and Majorca say they have welcomed the UK's decision to move the islands from the amber list and cut the need for UK residents to have ten days of quarantine when they get home.
But Brit tourists have been warned to be "responsible" when heading to popular resorts like Magaluf and San Antonio.
Portugal was taken off the green list earlier this month after just three weeks, following a row over the behaviour of some England fans who attended the Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea.
Restaurants and bars along the party strip of Magaluf were shut down last July, in a shock move that came after a video went viral of Brit tourists jumping on a parked car.
The closures were lifted last October but caused a loss of business to many Magaluf establishments, including two other popular party strips.
The warning to Brits follows a spate of new coronavirus cases – 394 in six of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities – linked to end-of-year breaks by students from the Spanish mainland.
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Balearic Islands’ officials reacting to the UK green light decision sounded identical warnings as they welcomed the news but insisted locals and visitors must continue to show responsibility.
Regional tourism minister Iago Negueruela, who made the Punta Ballena closure announcement last July, described the Balearics as the “most open” Mediterranean destination following the UK move.
He added: “We also want to send a message to British tourists and other international tourists that Covid-19 has not been beaten.
“The vaccination process is advancing rapidly and the desired results are being achieved.“
“We have to continue with our lockdown in a cautious and responsible way.
“There are certain types of behaviour that are banned. This is something we have also raised with the Spanish government so they increase police controls on our beaches and in our squares.
“Being the most open resort in the Mediterranean entails special protection as well from a health and economic point of view.
“We want to stay on the UK’s green list permanently and we have a real opportunity for recovery during the summer."
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