Canary Islands added to UK's safe travel list
UK tourists seeking winter sun have been given a boost, after Spain's Canary Islands and the Greek island of Mykonos were added to the government's safe travel list. It means visitors will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on their return, with the Maldives and Denmark also deemed safe.
Following an assessment of the latest data, the Canaries, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos have been added to the Travel Corridors list. From 4am on Sunday 25th October, you will no longer need to self-isolate if you arrive from those destinations.
However, the rest of Spain, including the Balearic islands, remains exempt from the safe travel list amid a surge in infections. The Department for Transport said the new additions to the safe list had seen a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus.
After so much doom and gloom, travel companies can suddenly see the sunshine. The Canaries are a key destination for UK airlines and tour operators. And it is not an exaggeration to say that the removal of the quarantine will help these companies make it through the winter.
The government has, in effect, dialled-up the tourism "on switch". However it will be a real test case for whether, in these uncertain Covid times, there is demand for travel, with plenty of time for people to make winter bookings it's a timely moment.
Airlines, which have seen demand slump due to the quarantine rules, welcomed the decision on the Canaries.
"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," said industry body Airlines UK.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI, said the holiday operator had not been able to take people on a holiday to the Canary Islands for 89 days. "We're therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume from Saturday 24th October. The first flights will depart to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote this weekend, with many more added in the coming days."
There are now only a handful of places travellers from the UK can visit without facing restrictions - either when they arrive at their destination, or return.