Today, May 11th, parts of Spain, including the Balearic Islands, have entered Phase 1 of the plan for transition to a new normal (PTNN).
The good news is that yachts, including charter vessels, are now allowed to cruise around each separate island in the Balearics, up to 12 miles offshore. Travel between the islands and within Spain should be allowed when we move into the next phase in early June, providing there is no significant increase in the number of cases reported. The number of people allowed on board is a maximum of 10, but you must comply with the restrictions of 50% of people/passengers allowed as stated in the Commercial Compliance documents. 100% of the maximum people on board is allowed if they are from the same family who have been isolating together.
All vessels must also comply with the required sanitation legislations and health and hygiene standards must be reinforced on board to minimize the health risk of both clients and crew members.
We have just received information directly from the Spanish Maritime Authority that, as from today, Charter Cruising Permits will be issued for yachts which are located in the Balearic Islands. We therefore very strongly advise that you continue to send us your documents as soon as you have them ready, so we can obtain your licence for you as soon as possible. If you have already supplied us with all of your documentation, we should have your licence in the next few days.
The EU countries are meeting on Wednesday 13th May to discuss de-restricting travel between Schengen countries. Additionally, the airlines are looking at July to begin increasing EU tourism flights, which will open up the charter industry further to other EU citizens.
We will keep you updated as soon as we have further news.