Travel and Hotel Wellbeing
YOUR FLYDIRECT HOLIDAY: TRAVEL WELLBEING DURING TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS.
Leisure travel between Spain and Jersey is currently possible and our direct flights are now operating every week as planned.
We are a locally based team and our decisions to ensure your wellbeing while holidaying with us are led by the Government of Jersey and their latest advice up to your departure date. Find out more about how you can Book with Confidence.
Although to many of you Spain may be very familiar, you will find there are now some new procedures in place to ensure your safety during times of coronavirus and some of these are detailed below.
REQUIREMENTS ON ENTRY TO SPAIN AND WHILST ON HOLIDAY
Arrivals in Spain:
- Arrivals into Spain from Britain must present either a valid vaccination certificate showing that the second dose was received 14 days prior to arrival OR a negative PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to arrival. PCR tests can be booked locally in Jersey at 7 David Place Medical Practice with a discount for FlyDirect clients. You can find information here.
- Unvaccinated passengers who have tested positive and then fully recovered from COVID-19 within the 6 months prior to travel may present a medically issued recovery certificate in lieu of a negative PCR test. This should be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.
- Children up to and including 11 years of age are exempt from providing a negative test result.
- 48 hours prior to arrival, provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19. Every traveller, regardless of age or nationality, must complete an online FCS Form to retrieve a QR code. This QR code must then be shown on your mobile or as a printed version on arrival in Spain to be able to continue your trip. We will also send the link to this form in your pre-departure information, and provide your seat numbers by email within 48 hours of departure.
- Temperature check in your arrival airport.
- Undergo a visual health assessment in your arrival airport.
During your stay:
Social distancing measures and other safety precautions should continue to be observed at all times. As of 4th August 2021 these include but are not limited to:
- Social distancing of 1.5 metres.
- The use of face masks in public spaces. Exceptions include when seated eating and drinking at a bar or restaurant, and on the beach or pool side where social distancing can be easily maintained.
- Complying with track and trace – all shops, businesses and transport companies are obliged to keep passengers’ contact information (where provided) for up to 4 weeks for tracking and tracing purposes.
- The number of people who can sit together at a restaurant table may be limited.
These restrictions are subject to amendment without warning.
The Balearic Government are offering complimentary COVID insurance to all visitors staying in registered accommodation in Majorca this summer. This includes cover for repatriation costs should departure from the island be delayed due to infection by COVID, the services of a translator if required, and compensation for an extended stay in an isolation hotel if necessary. Cover begins automatically when registering at your accommodation. You can see more details here.
THROUGH THE AIRPORT
Current information on what is expected from you when travelling through airports and what measures they are taking to ensure your safety can be found here for Spain and here for Jersey. These measures include:
- A facemask covering your nose and mouth must be worn at all times for passengers above 6 years old.
- Hand sanitiser is provided for use and social distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
- People accompanying passengers cannot access the terminal building unless offering assistance.
- Catering and shopping outlets may be limited.
ON-BOARD BA CITYFLYER (TRAVEL TO MAJORCA AND COSTA DEL SOL)
BA are looking forward to welcoming you on-board your flight to Spain. They are taking protective measures on the ground and in the air to ensure your safety while travelling with them.
- Face Masks: All passengers are obliged to wear a facemask during boarding and throughout the flight at all times. You must provide your own mask, if you do not do so, you will be refused boarding.
- Personal Protection Pack: You’ll be given a pack with hand gel and an antibacterial wipe on boarding.
WELLBEING MEASURES ACROSS ACCOMMODATION
The Spanish Government have issued clear procedures and regulations to ensure the safety of all visitors as follows:
- Hotel guests and staff must maintain a distance of 1.5 – 2 metres in public areas, clear signage will be in place throughout the hotels.
- Facemasks are required when moving around both inside and outside the hotel.
- Hotel staff will be working in fixed teams to minimise risk.
- Payment by card rather than cash is encouraged.
- The number of guests in the restaurants will be strictly managed to ensure social distancing is maintained.
- Hotel outlets and facilities may have extended opening hours to aid social distancing.
- Entertainment programmes will continue where the activity does not require close contact. They will be held outdoors where possible.
- Shared facilities e.g gym, spa, swimming pool, playgrounds will have increased hygiene measures and social distancing in place for clients. In gyms and spas, some equipment or treatments may no longer be available. There will be a more frequent disinfection programme across all facilities.
- Lift capacity may be redefined to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
- Hand sanitiser dispensers will be readily available throughout hotels.
- Guest rooms will be thoroughly disinfected before arrival and increased measures are in place for room cleaning during your stay. Room cleaning will only take place when you are outside of your room and staff will wear protective equipment. Minibar services may not be available.
- Self-service buffets will now be serviced by staff wearing masks.
- All hotel staff will undergo extensive training by independent auditors to ensure an efficient and measured response throughout hotels.
ON RETURN TO JERSEY
On returning home to Jersey, all travellers aged 11 and over must complete a Safer Travel registration form prior to their travel home. This must be completed no sooner than 48 hours prior to your return, and no later than 6pm Jersey time the day before. You will then be provided with a free PCR test on arrival.
- Arrivals who are fully vaccinated and received their second dose a minimum of 14 days prior to travel, or who are under the age of 11, will not be required to isolate
- Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to isolate until the result of their arrival test is received.
- Passengers between 11 and 17 years will be required to isolate until the result of their arrival test.
- Full details of arrival requirements can be found here.
BREXIT READY FOR TRAVEL FROM 2021
When travelling to Spain, there will now be some changes following Brexit. You need to make sure you have everything you will need in place before you travel. Things you may need to do before you go include:
Check your passport, on the day of travel it must:
- Be valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave.
- Be less than 10 years old (even if it has 3 months or more left).
- Get travel insurance that covers your healthcare.
- Check you have the right driving documents. You might need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. You can check this on the UK Post Office website.. IDPs cost £10, for more information visit the Parishes website..
While the above are current FCDO guidelines, requirements can vary dependent on the country and your carrier airline, and can change without notice. FlyDirect therefore recommends having at least 6 months validity on your passport to travel within the EU.
Find out more about Brexit..