Canary Islands want to be EXEMPT from UK government’s new quarantine rule as talks already open
Tenerife wants British tourists to be able to enjoy a holiday on the island and NOT go into quarantine when they return to the UK.
The Canary government says it appreciates that
the Foreign Office isn’t telling Brits to stay away from the archipelago,
unlike the rest of Spain (except for the Balearics) where non-essential travel
is being advised.
But Canary president, Ángel Víctor
Torres wants the UK government to go one step further and make the islands
exempt from the return quarantine. This would apply to Tenerife, as well as to
the other popular destinations of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma,
Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa.
The call echoes that of Mallorca and Ibiza
where the Balearic government has already been in contact with the UK
Canary president Mr. Torres said they wanted
to create safe and direct air corridors between the Canary Islands and the
“The Canary Islands is one of the areas
of Europe with the lowest incidence on COVID-19, with 5.8 cases per 100,000
inhabitants, which makes it one of the safest destinations to spend vacations
this summer,” he said.
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of
the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla said reintroduction of the
quarantine rule as from midnight yesterday ” would be detrimental to
the Canary Islands due to the repercussions for the tourism sector at a time
when some connectivity with the United Kingdom, the main issuing country to the
Islands, was beginning to recover.”
The islands were also showing a good trend in
containing coronavirus outbreaks and with conveying the image of a safe
Talks started last night immediately after
confirmation of the UK government’s decision.
The Brits are the biggest market for Tenerife
where the tourism season usually gets into swing in October due to the good
weather all-year round.