The Canary Islands have been added to the UK Safe Travel List.
It means visitors will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on their return. The changes apply to anyone arriving in the UK after 04:00 BST on Sunday. The news is a welcome boost to the islands which are hugely popular with tourists all year round. However, the rest of Spain remains subject to quarantine restrictions amid a spike in infections.
The changes apply to citizens from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Foreign Office still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel due to the pandemic.
Travel companies have welcomed the decision. The industry body Airlines UK said, “The Canaries are a hugely important market for winter travel – representing over 50% of bookings for some tour operators – so this is very welcome news for the whole sector.”
Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI, said “We’re therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume from Saturday 24 October. The first flights will depart to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote this weekend, with many more added in the coming days.”
The Greek Island of Mykonos, the Maldives and Denmark have also been added to the safe travel list.
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