The Canaries – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa– attract 12 million visitors a year compared to its population of just over 2.1 million people. Can you go on holiday to the Canary Islands?
Spain was on the initial travel corridor list, meaning the country was exempt from the blanket advice against all but essential International travel.
This agreement allowed Brits to jet off to Spain, including the Canary Islands and Balaeric Islands, without needing to quarantine on return to the UK.
Britons have booked holidays to the country and its islands, but new rules have come into play and changed the fate of Spanish holidays.
Since July 26, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all non-essential travel to Spain.
After a spike in COVID-19 cases in Spain, Brits abroad in the country will need to quarantine for two weeks on return to the UK. Does this include the Canary Islands?
Is Canary Islands classed as Spain?
Yes, the Canary Islands are considered to be part of Spain. The islands are Spanish territory.
However, the Canary Islands is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential travel to Spain.
The Government’s website states that if you are returning from Spain– including the Canaries and Balearics– you WILL be required to self-isolate for two weeks on return to the UK.
Public Health England is continuing to monitor the situation in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands closely, so those with flights booked are asked to keep an eye on the advice.
Is it safe to go to the Canary Islands?
The UK Government is not advising against going to the Canary Islands, but is still requiring Brits to self-isolate for two weeks when they get home.
This implies that it is safer to go to the Islands than to mainland Spain, but not totally risk-free.
Spanish ministers are pleading with the UK Government to stop Brits from needing to quarantine on return.
The Islands have had a confirmed total of 2,483 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.
The country’s tourism minister María Reyes Maroto told reporters today: “We’ve been talking all weekend.
“What we’d like is for quarantines to be lifted on the islands as early as possible and we hope it will be today rather than tomorrow.”
Canary president Ángel Víctor Torres said he wants a safe and direct air bridge between the Canary Islands and the United Kingdom.
He said: “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.”
Whether or not you go on holiday to the Canaries is up to your direction at present.
When you arrive, you will need to follow the measures in place.
This includes staying 1.5 metres away from others and wearing masks in enclosed public places and on public transport.
You will need to carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it at any time.
Shops, business and transport companies in Spain will need to keep your contact information for up to a month for tracking and tracing purposes.
If you were to test positive or develop symptoms while in the Canary Islands, you could be moved to specific accommodation to prevent the spread.