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Massive blow for Canaries as islands taken OFF UK’s safe travel corridor list 

The Canaries have been left devastated after the UK government today removed the islands from its safe corridor list.

The worst-ever news came just one day after the Canary government announced international travellers, including Brits, could holiday in the archipelago on the back of a negative coronavirus rapid test, rather than a full PCR, in defiance of the general rule for Spain. The government said it was taking the measure as the tourism industry in the Canaries had to be kick-started as a matter of urgency.

For the last five weeks, the Canaries had been the only place in Spain where Brits could take a holiday without going into quarantine on their return. The UK government had lifted the rule due to the low incidence of coronavirus in the Canaries at that time. Since then, however, cases have risen, giving health chiefs and Canary leaders cause for concern and implementing special measures in Tenerife in particular.

Today, the UK’s transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed: “Data indicates weekly cases and positive tests are increasing in the CANARY ISLANDS and so we are REMOVING them from the #TravelCorridor list to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19. From 4am Sat 12 Dec, if you arrive from these islands you WILL need to self-isolate.”It has yet to be specified but it is likely that from December 15th, people returning from the Canaries to the UK will be able to take advantage of the UK government’s new rule also explained by Mr. Shapps on his Twitter site. He wrote: “From Tues 15th, the new ‘Test to Release’ service for passengers arriving in England starts. This means that all passengers from any location NOT in a Travel Corridor may “opt-in” to shorten self-isolation to 5 days with a negative COVID-19 test result from specific providers.”

Canary leaders and hoteliers have yet to officially react to the new rule but they will be devastated and fear thousands of Brits who had booked Christmas or New Year in the islands will cancel because they won’t be able to take extra days to quarantine.