The British government added the Canary Islands, the Greek island of Mykonos. Moreover, the Maldives and Denmark back to Britain’s quarantine free travel list.
Travelers coming from these four areas will not have to self-quarantine for 14 days. As the number of coronavirus cases fell to acceptable levels told the Department for Transport.
However, Jet2 and EasyJet are also resuming flights to the hugely popular Canaries and Mykonos from next week. As traffic on the Skyscanner flights website increased by 137 percent in the 30 minutes following the 5 pm announcement.
The move has raised the hopes of travel industry bosses who anticipate a surge in late holiday bookings in time for the half-term break and ahead of Christmas.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “Following an assessment of the latest data. The Canaries, the Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos have been ADDED to the #TravelCorridors list. From 4 am on Sunday, October 25, you will no longer need to self-isolate if you arrive from those destinations.”
Requirements For Entering these Countries
However, travelers arriving in the Maldives will have to show a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival. But the test results and negative certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.
However, visitors willing to avoid self-isolation upon arrival must fly directly with British Airways. As advised by travel expert Paul Charles.
Visitors arriving in Spain from the UK do not need to self-isolate. However, they will have to provide the Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information. And any history of exposure to coronavirus 48 hours prior to travel.
Mykonos only need the visitors to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel. For now, this is the only requirement for UK arrivals.
Whereas Denmark is imposing an entry rule based on whether you are arriving from an ‘open’ country or a ‘banned’ country.
The UK is a ‘banned’ country, meaning travelers must have a ‘worthy’ purpose to enter if you are arriving in Denmark from the UK.
The Response of the Travel Firms
Travel companies, which have seen demand slump due to government quarantine rules, welcomed the decision on the Canaries.
Jo McClintock, brand director at Skyscanner said, “The Canaries are a popular mainstay for British travelers. PreCovid-19 the islands offering year-round sunshine regularly featured in our top ten booked destinations.”
“The addition of the Canaries to the quarantine exemption list ahead of the English half-term holidays will be well received by our travelers. In fact, the UK to Spanish islands was the most requested route in a recent survey. The UK Skyscanner users regarding the most desired route for travel restrictions to be removed.”
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest operator to the Canaries, said. It will resume flights and holidays to the Islands from next Friday.
The leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist will resume flights to Tenerife as well as Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura, from all nine of its UK bases (Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, and London Stansted).
Jet2 boss Steve Heapy said, “We welcome today’s announcement and we know that our customers, who want to get flying again, will do so too.”
“For some time we have been calling for a proportionate, evidence-based approach to safe travel and this is very much a step in the right direction. There is much to do still, and we look forward to working with the government to achieve that.”
“The Canary Islands are hugely important, both for us as a business and for our customers as a much-loved holiday favorite.”
However, “We know how much our customers want to get away for some winter sun in the Canaries. And they can do this again from October 30th onwards.”
“As the UK’s leading operator to the Canary Islands. We will be restarting with a program that offers customers fantastic choice and flexibility. As well as all the award-winning benefits that they know and love.”
A spokesman for EasyJet said, “We welcome the announcement from the UK government. That the Canary Islands and Mykonos have been added to the list of quarantine exempt countries for British travelers.”
“This will mean many of our customers will be able to take a winter sun break to these popular islands. Or reschedule a holiday that they’ve been unable to take this summer as a result of the last-minute changes to quarantine restrictions.”
In addition, he said, “As a result, we will be putting additional flights on sale in the coming days from our airports across the UK.”
“Customers can also head to the Canary Islands on a full package holiday from £289 per person with easyJet holidays bookable on the holiday’s website with the first departures from 2 November following this latest change in travel advice.”
“We continue to encourage the Government to take a lead in moving to test. As well as the approval of new testing technologies, as soon as possible. As effective testing is crucial to get people flying again.”
TUI Travel Firm
Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK & Ireland, said adding the Canary Islands to the travel corridor list was a ‘positive step. For both the business and holidaymakers seeking a winter break.
He said, “We haven’t been able to take people on a Tui holiday to the Canary Islands for 89 days. When the sudden quarantine and subsequent travel advice was imposed with little notice.”
“We’re therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume from Saturday, October 24. The first flights will depart to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote this weekend, with many more added in the coming days.”
In addition, he said, “We urge the Government to continue to work closely with the industry on airport testing. So we can open up more destinations in the coming weeks. We must move away, where possible, from the anxiety our industry faces waiting for the new list of places people can travel to each week.”
“This level of uncertainty is damaging for business and all those employed in our industry.”