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Brits wanting holidays in Tenerife and Mallorca given new hope as Spain confirms safety rules for first travel corridors 

Brits aiming to take a holiday in Tenerife or Mallorca will NOT have to take a coronavirus test before they leave unless the area they come from has a high level of coronavirus cases.

Spain has agreed the new rule following a
meeting with the Canary and Balearic governments which both expect details of
new safe air corridors to be announced next week.

Tourism leaders say it is vital to reactive
tourism in the popular island groups and the UK and Germany are the prime
targets.

TUI has already started sending holidaymakers
back to the Canaries and the Balearics and the German government is widely
tipped to next week reverse its current advice to citizens not to travel to
either archipelago. All eyes are now on the UK government to see if it will
lift its 14-day quarantine rule on return for Brits who go to Spain for a
holiday.

Both the Canary and Balearic governments say
EU tourist ministers will announce rules for new safe air corridors next week
to apply to the whole of Europe.

Spain’s tourism minister, Reyes Maroto says
the protocols for the Canary Islands – eight islands including Tenerife, Gran
Canaria and Lanzarote – and for the Balearics (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and
Formentera) were the first but “we hope to be able to extend them to other
peninsular tourist destinations.”

The new rule says that every traveller
arriving in the Canary Islands or the Balearics from a territory with an
accumulated incidence (AI) of 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14
days should not undergo any test upon arrival at any international
airport.  Those who come from territories with an AI greater than 50 will
have to present a negative diagnostic test for active infection carried out 48
hours before the flight, at most.

Before leaving the islands, ALL holidaymakers
will have to take a diagnostic test for active infection 48 hours before their
flight. These tests will be carried out by the health authorities, at no cost
to the tourist. 

“If you test positive, you will not be
able to fly and will have to quarantine at the same destination,” the
Spanish government confirmed on Friday. “The governments of the Canary
Islands and the Balearic Islands will also take care of the necessary coverage
in the event of quarantine of positive tourists, providing a series of
accommodations provided for this purpose. They would also cover healthcare or
hospitalisation if necessary. The working group that has designed the protocol
of the tourist corridor has validated that the two archipelagos have the
necessary capacities to serve potential positive tourists.”

Special campaigns will be developed to promote
the Covid Radar application among the tourist population in numerous languages.

“These tourist corridors are
complementary to the recommendations that the Council of Ministers of the
European Union is expected to approve next week, which seek to harmonise
epidemiological criteria and rules for travel between EU countries,” the
Spanish government added.