Canary Islands off “safe” list

Canary Islands lose UK quarantine-free status

Travellers at Heathrow, where there are returning flights from the Canary Islands

In another blow for holidaymakers, the Canary Islands were last night removed from the UK’s travel corridors, meaning that Brits will now need to quarantine when they return to the UK. Although unfortunate for the popular Spanish islands, it could be good news for Madeira, which might pick up some “winter sun” holidaymakers who are running out of options.

However, at the moment the Foreign Office has not updated its travel advice for the Canary Islands – they have not yet decided to flag it as not advisable for non-essential travel – which may see flights cancelled and has implications for travel insurance among other things.

The BBC are reporting this morning that Tui has suggested overnight that it may cancel its entire Christmas schedule as a result

“Test and release”

From 15 December, people arriving in England will be able to cut their quarantine period by at least half if they pay for a Covid test after five days.

The tests will cost between £65 and £120 and the results will normally come back within 24 to 48 hours. This means people could stop self-isolating six days after arrival if they test negative. In another “however”, the UK government have not yet issued a list of approved providers of these tests.

COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found on a previous post.

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