Though mainland Spain remains off the travel corridor list, with Britons still subject to a quarantine period upon their return home, holidays to the Canary Islands are back on for England. Following the latest travel corridor update, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued updated advice for Britons jetting off into the sun.
“The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
“The Canary Islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel,” explains the new update.
“The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on October 25.
“You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.”
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The FCDO states: “[Visitors must] provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel.
“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.
“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status.
“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”
These rules are in places for entry to all parts of Spain, but holidaymakers who choose to visit mainland Spain or the Balearic Islands will then face the UK’s quarantine rule upon their return home.
Failure to comply with quarantine could result in a fine of up to £10,000.
Following its removal from the travel corridor list in the summer, Canary Islands bosses had been working with various laboratories to try and come up with a way to test tourists on arrival.
Whether or not these plans will go ahead is yet to be confirmed.
However, a drop in coronavirus cases led the islands to being reinstated on the UK travel corridor list on October 22.
Secretary of State for Transport broke the news of the latest additions on Twitter, writing: “Following an assessment of the latest data, the Canaries, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos have been ADDED to the #TravelCorridors list.
“From 4am on Sunday 25th Oct, you will no longer need to self-isolate if you arrive from those destinations.”