2020/11/24 09:27:22 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The UK Minister of Transport, Grant Schapps, has confirmed this morning that the ‘test and release’ scheme will come in to effect from December 15th, meaning that travellers returning to the UK from risk countries will be able to reduce quarantine to 5 days by testing negative for Covid-19.

Ministers have approved the plan to get Britain flying again and boost the aviation and travel sector, which is the heaviest hit globally by the coronavirus pandemic.

This announcement points towards two positives for the Canary Islands, firstly that overseas travel will be permitted again after the lockdown in England finishes on December 2nd, and secondly that the Canaries is only one of a handful of locations that you can visit without facing restrictions, either when you arrive at your destination or return to the UK.

These include:
- Bahrain (if you pay for a test on arrival and quarantine until you get the result)
- Canary Islands (with negative test result on arrival)
- Cuba (at certain entry points)
- Gibraltar
- Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos
- Iceland (if you test negative on arrival and again 5-6 days later)
- Madeira and the Azores (if travellers cannot show proof of a recent negative test, they will be tested on arrival and have to quarantine until the result comes back)
- Maldives (non-tourists must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, and tourists and short-term visitors must take a private Covid test no less than 96 hours before travelling).
- Turks and Caicos (with pre-travel authorisation including proof of a recent negative test).

Yesterday Boris Johnson announced that England will return to a ‘tier’ system of restrictions after lockdown, and on Thursday the announcement of which area is in which tier will be made, but, under the previous rules travel abroad was allowed in every tier, but future arrangements have not been announced, although the ‘test and release’ scheme is the best indicator yet that it will be.