The latest on mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands

While travel to the Canary Islands has started up again, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office still advises against all but essential travel to all areas of mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. As a result, we have extended holiday cancellations to all holidays to Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Malaga, Reus and Alicante due to depart on or before 31 October 2020.

TUI is likely to start flying to mainland Spain the Balearic Islands again soon.

We’re keeping a close eye on government guidelines and expect to be able to start flying to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands again soon. Holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic will be slightly different to what you’re used to. But, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that you have a brilliant TUI holiday. We understand how important it is to know what to expect while you’re away. That’s why we’ve put together this page to fill you in on everything you need to know about your holiday to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, once we start flying there again.


As part of our TUI Holiday Promise, all bookings departing up to the end of April 2021 have COVID Cover included. This means you can amend your holiday for free if you contract COVID-19 before you travel or are officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates, or if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. It’s also got a Holiday to Home insurance policy built in. This means that if you contract COVID-19 while you’re away, you’re covered for overseas medical assistance, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if required. It’s designed for use alongside your usual travel insurance, and is subject to T&Cs.

Your flight and hotel experience

We’ve put a range of new measures in place on our TUI flights, in line with all the latest government and holiday industry expert advice. You’ll need to check in online, wear a mask throughout the flight and also at some airports. As for our hotels, we’re making sure they’ve got the highest possible hygiene standards in place before re-opening. Find out more about what to expect on your holiday, including your flight, transfer and hotel experience.


  • COVID Cover included
  • TUI quality standards guaranteed
  • 24-hour support while you’re away
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise and everything we’re doing to keep you safe on the Travel With Confidence hub.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1.5  metres.
Face mask requirements for adults On mainland Spain (Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, the Barcelona area, and the Valencia and Andalucia regions) and in the Balearic and Canary Islands, face masks are mandatory in all public places, including public areas in hotels and apartments. A 100 euro fine will be issued for anyone not adhering to these rules. There are some exceptions. For example, face masks are not mandatory while sunbathing or swimming at the beach or around the pool, although you will need to wear a mask on arrival at the beach or pool and when you get up to go to the bar or the bathroom. You don’t need to wear a face mask when taking part in sports activities, but you will need to wear one in the changing rooms and reception area. You’ll need to wear a mask at restaurants, including on terraces, except when eating or drinking. Some restaurants may also provide you with gloves to wear. You’ll also need to wear a mask in non-public areas if you’re in close proximity with people outside of your family, for example if you share a car with another family. This does not apply to people who are unable to wear face coverings for health reasons.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged six years and over. They’re also recommended for children between three and five years old.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You must complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form after you’ve checked in online, within 24 hours of departure. If you don’t, you may be denied boarding, delayed or subject to a health assessment on arrival.

Complete the Spain Passenger Locator Form here.

  •  Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll get a confirmation email and QR code, which you’ll need to show at border control in mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.
  •  If you have a mobile device, you must also download the SpTH app before visiting mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.
Other need-to-knows Your temperature will be checked on arrival at the airport.
Gatherings of groups of more than 15 people are not permitted.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Spain.

Beaches Open.
Restaurants and bars Bars and restaurant capacity is reduced to 50% for indoor spaces. For those with an outdoor terrace, the maximum capacity is 75%. Bars must not close any later than 2am.

On the island of Majorca, all bars, discos and restaurants on the Punta Ballena party strip in Magaluf will remain closed until at least 15th September 2020. The same applies to the Calle de la Cerveza and Calle del Jamon nightlife areas in Palma.

Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities Masks are mandatory in shops.

Here’s the key information on getting to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Flights with TUI Check in for your flight on the TUI or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Car hire This is permitted in certain parts of mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.
Public transport You must wear a face mask on public transport.
Hiking Not permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to Spain.

Read the full FCDO advice here.


Just so you know, the information on this page is updated between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll always find the latest information on our 24/7 Travel Alert page.