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Update on Mallorca’s Marine Industry

Caroline Blatter

The Balearics are slowly opening up again...

As the new cases of Covid-19 have been decreasing consistently in Spain, the Government has started to release some of the restrictions, to the joy and relief of many!

In the yachting side, all shipyards, marinas and companies have implemented very strict protocols to assure the health and safety of their workers and clients. 

Refit, repair and maintenance activities are allowed, as well as sea trials. 

There is no longer the need to request a special authorization from the Government Delegation to enter or leave the Spanish harbours, however, the following rules apply:  

For crew who are outside of The Balearics or Spain, they are allowed to travel to the Balearics and vice versa with specific documents such as work contracts, a letter from the Captain, copy of boat registry, a letter from the marina or shipyard stating that the vessel is there.

The shipyards are lifting yachts as normal and currently, all companies are able to work in the shipyards and marinas. Courier and logistic services are also functioning as normal and companies are able to send and receive spare parts and other packages on and off the island with no restrictions. 

Photo courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show…30th April – 4th May 2021


A summary from Gulsan Atalay, manager of the Balearic Marine Cluster

The Ministry of Transport has clarified the application of a 4 phase plan for the recreational nautical sector, which is subject to amendments, in case the health situation requires any further change.
Phase 0, from the 4th of May: Owners can visit their boats in the same municipality and carry out security and maintenance controls (so far only the professionals and crew could do so). Sportive nautical activities are started to be allowed in this phase, as soon as they are practised solo and in the same municipality as the place of residence.

Phase 1, from the 11th of May: Recreational use of boats, both private and commercial, is allowed with limited groups of people and after implementing safety and hygiene measures (disinfection of boats). In this phase, the boat can cruise in the same province or island. 

Phase 2, from the 25th of May: Recreational cruising is permitted for larger groups of people residing in the same province but not necessarily in the same municipality anymore. Cruising is restricted to the waters of same province or island. In this phase, navigational training courses are also permitted.
Phase 3, from the second half of June: Recreational use of boats will be permitted without limitations, other than those that generally apply, including geographical restrictions and sanitary measures. 
Necessary modifications to the current regulations will be introduced as necessary, for everyone's safety and well- being, as the Balearics transition to the new Normality.
Balearic Marine Cluster still advise that captains contact their local agent of their plans to arrive/leave in the case the government replace any of the restrictions.
Contact: Balearic Marine Cluster


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