Spain has announced that it plans to establish safe travel corridors. Even though coronavirus cases are increasing daily in the country as compared to the rest of Europe.
However, support the popular destination’s devastated tourism industry. Arancha González Laya, the country’s foreign minister, has said that Spain intends to negotiate with the UK, Germany, and Scandinavian countries to open up travel corridors to the Spanish Balearic and Canary islands. That visitors will not have to quarantine when returning to their home country.
Tourism Or No Tourism
Whereas, the peak holiday season is closing down on the Spanish mainland. But the Canary Islands, which are located off the west coast of Africa, are now entering their busiest period.
After meeting with her Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, in Milan, González Laya said, “Our wish is to restore the tourist flows as soon as possible.”
“It is an extremely important issue for the Canary Islands which, unlike other Spanish territories, have a winter tourism season.”
In addition, she said, “Opening travel corridors such as the ones we will negotiate with Britain could help them relaunch tourist activity.”
The minister said she approved of the UK’s decision to look at individual territories. Rather than entire countries when implementing quarantine restrictions.
This follows a recent decision to introduce self-isolation measures for some UK travelers returning from a handful of Greek islands, but not the Greek mainland.
However, the UK removed Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands from the “safe” list of countries at the end of July. Therefore British travelers returning from these destinations will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Spike in New Cases
Earlier this week, Spain was reporting more than half a million coronavirus cases. Thus making it the first western European country to have such a high rate of infection. However, it is reporting a total of 525,549 infections.
As the country reopened for tourism it has started showing the fastest rise in daily confirmed cases in Europe. And there is a surge in infections following the return of millions of children to school.
Despite having a lower incidence of Covid-19 cases, the Canary Islands have been subject to country-wide restrictions on travel to Spain imposed by foreign governments.
Fernando Simón, the head of Spain’s center for health emergencies, has acknowledged the rise in infections. But emphasized that half of these new cases are asymptomatic and more than half are in people aged under 40.