Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Five German plane passengers who landed in Majorca have been forced to go back to Germany after the police determined that their reasons for travelling to the popular tourist hotspot were invalid.
Reports said that five passengers flying from the city of Cologne in Germany to the airport Son Sant Joan in the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca were returned to their country after failing to get past police controls.
Reports said that two of the German passengers were a retired couple who have a second residence in Majorca.
The man who spoke for the couple and declined to be named told German media: “We were carrying with us the title of the property, the utility bills, and the COVID tests, two each, that prove we have not had the disease, but they did not want to see it, they did not let us pass.”
The man added: “At this time of the year we are always in our house in Majorca and it is an outrage that they do not let us in.”
No details of the other three passengers sent back were revealed.
Reports said that Spanish authorities only allow foreigners to enter the country if they can justify the need to do it for professional reasons, or if they have their usual residency in Spain.
Travellers coming from abroad who are allowed into the country are requested to go into a 14-day lockdown as a security measure.
Reports said that the airport of Son Sant Joan in Majorca registered the arrival of 495 passengers and the departure of 439 travellers, with 39 people arriving on four international flights to the island quizzed by the police about their motives to travel to Spain.
Local media reported that this March a British woman flying from London to Majorca was also turned away and sent back to the UK, with police confirming that she was carrying the keys to a friend’s house in the municipality of Andratx where she planned to spend a few days.
Earlier this month, The Balearic Islands government said that checks on temperatures for those arriving in the islands would be obligatory as more and more people were expected to return to the area.
Travellers landing at Majorca airport reportedly queued to have their temperatures scanned as Spain began to ease travel restrictions.
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