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The Balearic Islands are part of the Eurozone and signatories of the Schengen agreement, which allows visitors from other EU countries and Schengen states to not need a visa to enter for stays of as long as they please. For nationals from other countries, a passport valid for three months past the entry date is a requirement, although some nationals are required to apply for a visa. No special vaccinations are required for visits to the Balearics, although the usual vaccinations such as tetanus shots should be up to date.

Health and Safety

As a rule, as long as common sense is used, the Balearic Islands are safe to visit. The crime rate is low, although pickpockets are known to operate in busy tourist areas and care should be taken, particularly at night, in the club, pub, and entertainment areas. The heat and humidity in July and August can cause problems such as dehydration and sunburn, so wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water is essential, especially for children. The islands’ water is safe to drink, and mineral water is inexpensive.

Drivers should mind the sharp twists and turns on mountain roads close to the coast and the interior and, if renting a scooter is the plan, wearing a helmet is a must. San Antonio road can be dangerous for tourists after a night of drinking. If you are planning on going out, use either public transportation or a cab to avoid an unnecessarily situation of drinking and driving. The busiest beaches use a green flag system to indicate safe swimming, with a red flag used as a warning for strong tidal currents. Healthcare here is good and free emergency care is offered to EU members.

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