Love Island 2021 set to go ahead after Spain lifts travel ban

Love Island 2021 is cleared to return in Majorca as Spanish government lifts travel ban on UK tourists – after bosses considered moving show to Jersey amid Covid pandemic

Spain’s decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted.  

Contracts for this year’s Love Island did have Majorca written into them, although back-up options, such as Jersey and Cornwall, were on the table in case Covid travel restrictions meant Spain was off-limits. 

It will be back! Spain’s decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca

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.’ 

At last! Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted

There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, though host Laura Whitmore was spotted filming promotional content for the series in east London earlier this month,

The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs 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. 

It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May and quarantine alongsidethe main set of singletons as a Covid precaution.

Waiting: There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, should it return to screens in June as usual

A source told The Sun: ‘All precautions have been taken to make sure it goes smoothly. Besides the extra cast, they’ve incorporated Covid safety measures and increased checks on contestants’ mental health.

‘Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are easing, the Euros football is on and Love Island is back in Majorca. What more could you want?’

However, a Love Island representative told MailOnline: ‘We are not currently in a position to confirm locations for the forthcoming series of Love Island.’ 

Going ahead? The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs for eight weeks till August (2019 winner Amber Gill is pictured)

The summer series of Love Island 2020 was cancelled after production found it ‘logistically impossible’ to organise the show as the pandemic raged on.

Applicants for the next series have reportedly been told they’ll have to be free for 10 weeks abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.

It was previously reported that Jersey has been secured for filming this summer if production cannot take place in the show’s usual location of Mallorca.

Sources told The Sun: ‘The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain.’

Plans: It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May

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