Morocco, Spain, France: change for Belgians who want to go there

After two years of pandemic, many travelers should be back on vacation this summer. Here are some changes to consider before you go.

“From Monday May 16, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory in all public transport,” said Mr. Véran at the end of the Council of Ministers. Are concerned in particular the subway, the bus, the train, the plane and the taxis, specified the cabinet of the ministry to the AFP.

“Wearing a mask is still recommended but is no longer compulsory,” he said, judging that this constraint was “no longer appropriate” as the current wave of covid is falling sharply in the country.

Contaminations and hospitalizations are currently down sharply, even if scientists warn that the epidemic is probably not over, especially in the face of the threat of a new variant.

Spain tightens the screw for the holidays

The government of the Balearic Islands, which includes the famous island of Ibiza, wants to tackle abusive parties. It has just decided on measures to limit excesses.

Strict new conditions have been enacted for tourists. Individuals could be fined up to several thousand euros. The changes are numerous and important: “happy-hours” will no longer be authorized, the sale of alcohol in stores will be limited. It will also be forbidden to organize a pub crawl.

Tourists opting for the all-inclusive formula will only be entitled to 6 drinks per day (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening). These rules apply to holidaymakers traveling to Ibiza, as well as the areas of Playa de Palma, El Arenal, Magaluf and the western district of Sant Antoni de Portmany.

In addition to these rules concerning alcohol, it is now also forbidden to jump from balconies.

Major change in Morocco

Madrid and Rabat have decided to reopen on May 17 the border crossings between northern Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which have been closed for more than two years, the Spanish Interior Minister announced on Thursday.

This process will be done gradually and will initially only concern nationals of countries in the Schengen area, the minister continued. This reopening will then be extended “from May 31” to “all cross-border workers”, that is to say Moroccan nationals who work in these two cities, he continued.

The borders of Ceuta and Melilla with Morocco had been closed during the first wave of the covid pandemic, in the spring of 2020, then kept closed the following year due to a serious diplomatic crisis between Madrid and Rabat.

The deal to reopen them comes after Madrid ended a nearly year-long diplomatic crisis with Rabat on March 18 by publicly backing Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony controlled by Morocco. but for which the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, claim self-determination.

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