Sustainable Formentera

Sustainable Formentera

The peace and purity in the air on Formentera are the island's trademark feature. To preserve it, the Formentera Council is implementing a system to regulate vehicle flow on the island. The goal is sustainability, now and for generations to come.

Getting started

During the summer months of July and August (peak season when visitor traffic is highest) Formentera's population triples, and cars on the road increase in kind.

What is clear from the flow of tourists and number of vehicles brought to and driven on the island is that action is needed to ensure the island's future environmental and economic sustainability.

To that end, the Formentera Council petitioned the Balearic government (Govern de les Illes Balears) to introduce ground-breaking legislation at the national level to enable the island's administration to cap vehicle ingress and regulate permits to drive on local roads in summer. The move is about maintaining environmental harmony and making sure that visitors and islanders can enjoy the tranquillity they expect to find.

Regulating vehicle flow

In accordance with legislation adopted for Formentera's environmental and economic stability, the inbound transit, operation and parking of all types of motor vehicles will be regulated.

Period of application

From 1 July until 31 August 2019 (both inclusive).

Vehicle limits

A maximum of 12,450 motor vehicles (highest vehicle count recorded in 2018) can be brought to the island and driven and parked on public roads.

The 2019 limit will be set here in a bid to break the trend of steady expansion seen in recent decades.

Limits enforced in each vehicle category:

  • Personal vehicles:
    • Cars: 2,280
    • Motorcycles: 230
    • Quads: 0
    • Caravans and motorhomes: 0
  • Personal vehicles of Eivissa residents:
    • Cars: 220
    • Motorcycles: 20
    • Quads: 0
    • Caravans and motorhomes: 0
  • Rental vehicles without associated driver:
    • Cars: 2,700
    • Motorcycles: 7.000
    • Quads: 0
    • Caravans and motorhomes: 0

Quads are restricted due to the damage such vehicles do to Formentera's network of roads, particularly unpaved ones (the local standard).

Caravans and motorhomes are restricted because camping is prohibited in Formentera and the island lacks spaces set aside for this activity.

The following vehicles are exempt from regulation:

  • Personal electric or zero-emission vehicles
  • Personal hybrid vehicles
  • Vehicles of Formentera residents
  • Vehicles of owners of a second home on Formentera
  • Vehicles of Eivissa residents employed on Formentera
  • Vehicles of individuals with reduced mobility
  • Vehicles of businesses headquarters on Formentera
  • Freight vehicles
  • Official service vehicles
  • Public interest service vehicles
  • Industrial vehicles
  • Historic vehicles with classic vehicle clubs
  • Personal vehicles whose owners hold lodging reservations on the island and/or ferry tickets to travel before 30 April (date of publication in BOIB)

Rates

Fees are applied for motor vehicle permits to enter, drive and park on island roads.

The following rates apply to:

  • Cars (€1.00/day)
  • Motorbikes (€0.50/day)

A 50% discount is applied to hybrid vehicles.

Exempt vehicles:

  • Personal electric or zero-emission vehicles
  • Personal vehicles of Balearic residents
  • Vehicles of owners of a second home on Formentera
  • Vehicles of Eivissa residents employed on Formentera
  • Vehicles of individuals with reduced mobility
  • Vehicles of businesses headquartered on Formentera
  • Rental vehicles without associated driver
  • Freight vehicles
  • Official service vehicles
  • Public interest service vehicles
  • Industrial vehicles
  • Historic vehicles associated with classic vehicle clubs

Transaction process, permits and badge

Processing platform www.formentera.eco

Once the reservation has been completed, the interested party will receive an electronic receipt with permission to enter, drive and park on the island in the specified vehicle and for a given number of days. There is no need to print out this badge.

Each vehicle's plate number works like its badge and is used for tracking purposes.

Visitors

Petrol or diesel vehicles
  • Permits: 2,280 cars and 230 motorcycles.
  • Distribution: first come, first served.
  • Rate: €1.00/day for cars and €0.50/day for motorcycles.
  • Documentation required: vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Zero-emission or electric vehicles.
  • Permits: unlimited.
  • Distribution: first come, first served.
  • Rate: not applicable.
  • Documentation required: vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Hybrid vehicles
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: €0.50/day (cars), €0.25/day (motorcycles).
  • Documentation required: vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Eivissa residents
  • Permits: 220 cars and 20 motorcycles.
  • Distribution: first come, first served.
  • Rate: not applicable.
  • Documentation required: official ID, certificate of residence in an Eivissa municipality, vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Residents of Mallorca and Menorca
  • Permit: see category for petrol or diesel vehicles
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: official ID, certificate of residence in an Eivissa municipality, vehicle plate number and registration certificate.

Special conditions

People

Formentera residents
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: ID, vehicle plate number, registration certificate and document accrediting principal driver.
Owners of second homes on Formentera
  • Permits: One vehicle per owner
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: official ID, documentation to identify property (e.g. IBI, rubbish), vehicle plate number, vehicle registration certificate and document accrediting principal driver.
Eivissa residents employed on Formentera
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: ID, certificate of residence in an Eivissa municipality, attestation of employment status (e.g. job contract), vehicle plate number, registration certificate and document accrediting principal driver.
Individuals with reduced mobility
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: ID, vehicle plate number, vehicle parking badge for individuals with reduced mobility.

Businesses

Based on Formentera
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: company name, tax ID, documentation proving tax residence on Formentera, vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Rental vehicles
  • Permits: 2,700 cars and 7,000 motorcycles.
  • Distribution: first come, first served via DRIAT. For vehicles not associated with a driver (permits are limited).
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: vehicle plate number and registration certificate.
Freight companies
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: company name, tax ID, description of commercial activity, vehicle plate number and registration certificate.

Vehicle

Official or Public Service
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: type of vehicle (car, motorbike, truck, etc.), vehicle's plate number and registration certificate.
Public interest services
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: type of vehicle (car, motorbike, truck, etc.), plate number of vehicle and registration certificate.
Industrial machinery
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: plate number of vehicle and registration certificate.
Classic / historical vehicles
  • Permits: unlimited
  • Distribution: first come, first served
  • Rate: not applicable
  • Documentation required: ID, vehicle plate number, registration certificate, document accrediting principal driver and documentation proving classic vehicle club membership.

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