ASLO continues to monitor the situation with travel bans and concern over COVID-19. We are in contact with associates in Palma for receiving the most recent news.
Due to COVID-19, Spain maintains specific guidelines for visitors from other countries. Restrictions change frequently and we will provide up-to-date details as available. Currently, Spain has border restrictions and residents of certain countries are not permitted to enter. This is based on regulations established by the European Union (EU). A list of the EU list of safe countries is available online, https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/confirmed-eu-marks-15-third-countries-as-safe-eu-members-not-obliged-to-open-borders-to-all/.
As noted in the welcoming message, every effort will be made to meet in person for summer 2021 but should that not be possible, we will provide information and guidance for best possible alternatives.
- Make Copies of your ID and Passport: Make two photocopies of your license/ID – or passport for international travelers – in case either is lost or stolen. Bring one copy and store it separately from your original and leave another with a friend or relative.
- Streamline your wallet: Lost wallets are the leading cause of identity theft. Only carry the card(s) you plan to use on your trip, and leave your checkbook and the rest of your cards at home. If you decide to bring more than one credit card, consider stashing the extra, along with account information and customer service numbers for the cards you have with you, in a hotel safe or other secure location.
- Check the weather: Into every life — and vacation — a little rain must fall, so take steps to protect yourself by monitoring the local weather and packing the appropriate gear.
- Avoid oversharing online: Posting photos or checking in on social media sites advertises your absence from home. Real-time updates can be tempting but wait until you return safely home before sharing your adventures.
Additional Safety Guidelines
- Always remove your meeting name badge when you leave the convention center.
- If you are walking between any destination and your hotel or the convention center, plan your travel route before you depart.
- Use caution when walking on sidewalks and crossing streets and be careful to cross only at designated crosswalks.
- Avoid visible use of cell phones while you are walking.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Make sure your belongings are secure.
- Walk with your colleagues.
- When transportation is needed, take or share a taxi.
- Check the local weather and pack the appropriate gear before you leave.
Getting Around Palma
Buses and trains
The local buses are run by Empresa Municipal de Transportes Urbanos de Palma de Mallorca (EMT) and are very frequent. They have particularly good coverage of the beaches and the center of the city. Timetables are available in via http://www.emtpalma.cat/en/lines-timetables. Cash on board single ticket costs €1.50 (US$1.76) and details of costs of pre-paid cards are available at http://www.emtpalma.cat/en/fares. The main train system is operated by Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM), Mallorca Railway Services.
As part of the city’s sustainability program, a number of bicycle rental options are available. Details will be available at hotels and various other locations.
MobiPalma is the simplest, fastest and most sustainable method to get around the city. It is the third app created by the Mobility department of Palma. The app, http://www.emtpalma.cat/en/mobipalma-app, is available for smart phones and tablets and incorporates information on all the public transportation of the city. The app is available in Catalan, Spanish and English, and will be soon available in German. It can be used by anyone and users who need to know the bus stops, the lines or the name of the streets.
Free parking is very limited in the city center and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.
Palma will be on Central European Summer Time during the meeting (GMT+2).
Spanish is the main language spoken in Palma. English, and to a lesser extent French and German, are also fairly widely spoken. Tourist information, menus, etc., are nearly always available in English, French, and German.
Currency, Methods of Payment, Banks, VAT
Banks are open from 8:30 to 14:00 on from Monday to Friday during the summer months.
All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services, but most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, it should be clearly indicated.
Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00 however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10:00 to 21:00.
In restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers and so on, a gratuity is not included in the price. Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of the service. Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the luggage you have, 1€ to 3€.
While it is allowed to use a cell phone while driving, it is not advisable. It is important to know that a driver may still get pulled over for a ticket if driving erratically and not paying attention to the road. Texting while driving is prohibited.
The legal drinking age in Palma is 18. Photo identification is required to be served or to purchase alcoholic beverages or to enter nightclubs serving alcohol.
The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Palma de Mallorca in June is 19.0°C (66.2°F). June is a dry month with an average of 11mm (0.4in) rain. The average maximum temperature lies around 26.5°C (79.7°F). With a water temperature of around 22.5°C (72.5°F), this is a great month to swim.
Visitors traveling to Palma de Mallorca will want to wear dresses, tops, T-shirts and skirts made of cotton or linen. Shorts for men made of cotton or linen are good options for staying cool on a hot day.