Canary Islands move to quarantine free status

Madeira loses some exclusivity as new travel corridors opened

Gran Canaria airoprt - the island is now quarantine free on return to UK

Canary Islands move to quarantine free status: The Times, along with most UK media, reports tonight that UK families were given “a half-term holiday boost” today as the government announced it would scrap travel restrictions imposed on the hugely popular Canary Islands and make them quarantine free on return to the UK.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announced today that quarantine-free travel would be permitted from the whole of the UK to the Spanish islands including Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote for the first time since July.

He also announced that a quarantine free “travel corridor” will be opened up to the island of Mykonos which was the only part of Greece to remain on the Westminster government’s quarantine list after travel to the rest of the country was relaxed over the last few weeks.

The newspaper says that the move will provide a boost to families desperate for a foreign holiday just as schools across much of Britain break up tomorrow for the half-term holiday. Weather in the Canaries is still in the mid-20s and it is traditionally a popular draw for British tourists embarking on an autumn getaway.

However, in a similar manner to the procedure in Madeira, tourists heading to the islands will be required to prove they are COVID-free. Arrivals from high-risk countries — such as the UK — must undergo a test on arrival or present a negative result from a test taken less than 48 hours before flying. People living in parts of England classified as “Tier 3” including the Liverpool region, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire are also told not to travel outside their area.

TUI announces quarantine free Canary Islands flights from this weekend

Canary Islands move to quarantine free status 1

Today, Tui, the UK’s biggest tour operator, announced that flights will resume to the Canaries from as early as this Saturday now that quarantine free status applies.

The first flights will depart to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, with more added in the following days. It said the reintroduction of travel to the islands was a “positive step forward for our business and all our customers who wish to enjoy a well-deserved break overseas this half-term and during the winter months”.

The Times observes move is unlikely to provide huge comfort to airlines and tour operators that have been hit by crippling losses during the pandemic. Today, British Airways announced that flight capacity for the rest of this year would operate at no more than 30 per cent of last year’s total.

Last week, Ryanair announced that a third of its flight routes across Europe over the winter would be axed because of the lack of bookings. It will only maintain 65 per cent of its network between November and March.

COVID-19 update for Madeira

The latest statistics are being updated on a previous post

4 thoughts on “Canary Islands move to quarantine free status”

    • All the best to our Canarian friends. However if they don’t make the negative test a requirement upon arrival I bet it will take about 3 weeks until numbers look pretty bad and air corridors are closed again.

    • I doubt this will have a serious impact on Madeira. As the news breaks in the UK and rest of Europe people will say, right let’s get booked for Tenerife.

      Holidaymakers often have their favourite places and the Canaries offer sandy beaches, good weather and cheap booze.

      As Ronan says, there are different clientele for different islands.


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