Love Island 'set to return' to Majorca as Spain opens borders to Brits from NEXT WEEK without need for covid test
LOVE Island is 'set to return' to Majorca as Spain opens it borders to Brits from next WEEK without need for a Covid test.
The Spanish government confirmed today that it would follow Portugal’s lead and allow UK tourists in, despite the country still being on the UK's amber travel list.
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Contracts for this year’s show have Majorca written into them.
But back-up options were on the table in case travel restrictions meant Spain was off-limits.
However, Spain today announced it would let British tourists in from next Monday, paving the way for Love Island to yet again take place in Majorca.
Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez’s confirmation that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted – however Spain remains on the UK's amber list.
The move comes days after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the full list of green destinations which mean UK travellers don't have to quarantine on their return.
But Spain was left off that list – meaning it is on the amber list, which requires a 10-day home quarantine back in the UK – and won't be added until June at the earliest.
Mr Sanchez said at international trade fair Fitur in Madrid: “I am pleased to inform you that the ministerial order will be officially published today exempting citizens from the UK from temporary restrictions on non-essential trips to Spain.
“I can therefore announce that from next Monday the 24th of May we will be delighted to welcome all UK tourists.
“They are welcome to enter our country without restrictions and without health requirements.”
Spain's Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said she was confident Britain’s favourite foreign holiday destination would get "green light” status soon.
There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the popular dating show will be filmed.
Earlier this month, but before Spain lifted its UK tourist travel ban, pics were published of the famous Love Island compound in Majorca.
These appeared to show it would need urgent work to get it ready for filming if it was confirmed as the location.
It is due to return to TV in early June and run for eight weeks till August.
However, the Love Island villa looks almost unrecognisable just weeks before the new series gets underway.
The famous compound, located on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca, has been stripped of its well-loved features from the show – making it unlikely to be the venue for 2021.
The stunning site wasn’t used last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so will need a lot of work if it is to be TV-ready again.
It appeared to show it would need urgent work to get it ready for filming if it was confirmed as the location.
An insider explained: “In a perfect world Love Island would be filmed at original villa they use in Mallorca.
“But the pandemic has meant contingency plans are more important than ever and other locations have been discussed for the show.
“The Greek island of Crete was one which became a favourite due to its accessibility and stunning locations.
“Nothing is off the cards for Love Island at the moment.”
The villa boasts a super-sized hot tub, infinity pool, and terrace, but as our images show it is all in need of a bit of TLC.
The pool’s wall is currently crumbling and there is no decking where the day beds used to be.
The outdoor kitchen, which was the location for many a juicy conversation, has been dismantled and there is no Love Island branding just yet.
The popular show is due to return to TV from early June and run for eight weeks till August.
The villa where the show was filmed in 2019 before the start of the coronavirus pandemic is near the small town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in eastern Majorca.
Laura Whitmore spoke about the return of the show to The Telegraph's Stella magazine in February.
She said: "I have been told that it’s coming back. I love doing it, it’s such a fun show,"
"And I actually think it’s been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss. It’s nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year."
The return of the show will see more psychological testing than ever before after the deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
The Sun has been shown the latest contract issued to contestants which reveals the more stringent process to being signed up.
Those who get past the audition stage will go through three rounds of testing to ensure they are fit and well enough to appear on the ITV2 series.
And like in previously years, they will also be required to provide their doctors’ details and list any medications they may be taking.
The contestants will be monitored throughout the show and like before, support teams are on hand to help anyone struggling.
There have been plenty of rumours swirling about who might enter the villa looking for love this summer.
The series usually begins in June and once it starts, it will be hosted by married couple Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore, who recently gave birth to their daughter.
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