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Canary Islands removed from travel safe list as holidaymakers forced to isolate

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The Canary Islands have been removed from the UK's travel corridors list meaning people returning from the Spanish islands must self-isolate.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the change will come into effect from 4am on Saturday.

It means holidaymakers will have to enter quarantine for 14 days after arriving back.

He said figures show cases are increasing in the Canary Islands, a favourite of British holidaymakers.

The islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

Mr Shapps tweeted: "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 comes shortly after the islands said holidaymakers would not be required to take a full PCR test to enter, as required by the rest of Spain.

From today, they are allowed to enter with a negative result from a rapid antigen test, a fraction of the price of the PCRs.

The regional Canary government said it has the authority to make its own rules over who and how people are admitted to the islands.

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The decision is a major below to the UK travel industry, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many firms recorded a surge in bookings for the Canary Islands when they were added to the travel corridors list in October.

Mr Shapps also announced Botswana and Saudi Arabia have been added to the travel corridor list from 4am on Saturday, which means people do not need to self-isolate.

Meanwhile, the UK government’s ‘Test to Release’ service for passengers arriving in England starts next Tuesday.

Under the scheme, all travellers arriving from any destination which is not on the travel corridor list can opt-in to shorten the self-isolation period to five days – but only with a negative Covid-19 test result.

Passengers must choose to pay for a private coronavirus test under the scheme.

Countries currently on the travel corridor list include Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, the Maldives and Thailand.

  • Holidays
  • Coronavirus

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