Mallorca — Visas and Vaccinations
Spain, and more specifically Mallorca, is a part of the Schengen area. North American visitors do not need a visa for stays up to three months (90 days) in a six-month (180 day) period, but you should have a valid passport and return ticket. EU nationals can stay indefinitely, while residents of other Schengen countries can enter with just a national ID card. No specific vaccinations are required.
Health and Safety
Mallorca is clean and safe, with well-tended beaches and streets, and low levels of crime. There are no major health concerns other than the strong sun and heat, which make wearing sunscreen advisable. Be sure to monitor your alcohol intake and drink plenty of water so as not to get dehydrated. Tap water is potable, although most tourists drink bottled water. Restaurants meet European standards, yet standard inoculations such as tetanus should be kept up to date.
Although muggings and violent crime in Mallorca are rare, pickpockets are a problem at the beach, in the city and on public transport. Ignore flower sellers (many of which are thieves) and be wary of overly friendly people that approach you. Areas around Palma Cathedral and Plaça d’Espanya in Palma are targeted by scammers, along with the beach and busy streets of Magaluf, but overall most of Mallorca is relaxed.
Carrying minimal cash and making use of the countless ATMs is the way to go. Bags and wallets left out at the beach are all easy targets. EU visitors can receive free emergency medical care with a European Health Insurance Card, but all travelers should have health insurance.