Spain: British double-bitten will be allowed to travel without quarantine to the Canaries by July | Travel News | Travel

The announcement from the Federation of Entrepreneurs and Hoteliers of Las Palmas (FEHT) could mean that all of Spain and other sunny Mediterranean destinations would be open to fully vaccinated Britons in mid-July, not August , as early reports seemed to suggest. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed Thursday that the government will allow those who are double-bitten to spend vacations in Amber List countries without having to self-isolate upon their return when he made its latest announcement on the green list.

However, the chefs of the Canary Islands say they have been given a date.

FEHT president José Maria Manaricua confirmed that the date of July 15 had been given to him by “sources close to the British government” and that he was awaiting an official announcement in the coming days.

Speaking at the edge of a hotel swimming pool, he said: “The good news for the tourism industry and for the Canary Islands is that from July 15 it looks like the UK government will not force the people to self-quarantine when traveling to a destination like the Canary Islands.

“This means that we can expect to receive British tourists from July 15 who will not have to isolate themselves on their return.

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“This is great news for the Canary Islands.

Currently, the British have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return from the Canaries to the UK.

The Canary Islands and mainland Spain remain on the orange list.

However, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) no longer advises against travel to the Canaries or the Balearics.

The Balearic Islands became the only sunny Spanish destination to be on the UK government’s green list in the new travel announcement on Thursday.

British holidaymakers will be able to fly to islands like Mallorca and Ibiza from 4 a.m. Wednesday without having to self-quarantine on their return.

Regional politicians and tourism executives have warned British sun seekers who plan to visit resorts like Magaluf and San Antonio to behave responsibly so that the islands do not suffer the same fate as Portugal, which was removed from the green list earlier this month after just three weeks. .

The Canary Islands regional tourism minister admitted that the UK’s decision to keep amber was “an important stain for the islands’ good image”.

Yaiza Castilla said shortly after the UK government’s announcement on Thursday: “It is very frustrating that after all the efforts of the tourism industry and tourism workers for over a year, the behavior of some means that we cannot reactivate the economy and we are compromising the economic situation of the archipelago. and social recovery.

“The decision represents an important stain on the good image of the islands and can spread to other markets if we do not bring the pandemic under control.”

Calling on Canarians to obey Covid regulations’ to the letter ‘, she added:’ It is true that we have been kept on the UK orange list, but what we have achieved is that we have been separated from the mainland, making it easier for us to access the green list once we lower our Covid numbers in the Canary Islands region.

“We have already achieved it and I sincerely believe we can achieve it again.”

Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.

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