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Can I travel to the Canary Islands? The travel advice for Tenerife and Lanzarote after quarantine list changes

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Tenerife is back on the UK Government’s travel corridor list – which means bookings are back on too.

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are flocking to grab autumn deals on a last Spanish getaway before the winter sets in.

However, the air bridge list remains under constant review. If you’re planning a trip, here’s the latest Canary Islands travel advice.

Are Tenerife and the Canary Islands on the quarantine list?

Brits arriving from any of the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, will not have to quarantine

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for 14 days when arriving home after 4am on Sunday 25 October.

The good news was announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Thursday, and applies to citizens from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Holidaymakers are flocking to booking sites for Tenerife getaways (Photo: AFP/ Getty)

What is the UK travel advice to the Canary Islands?

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

However, the Canary Islands are now exempt from this advice along with every country or territory added to the UK’s air bridge list. The full list can be found here.

Travellers are also advised that quarantine curbs could be imposed on countries at short notice if the Covid-19 situation there changes.

Are Tui and Thomas Cook flying to the Canary Islands?

Tui, the UK’s largest travel firm, announced it would resume flights to the Canary Islands from Saturday.

Managing director Andrew Flintham said the removal of quarantine requirements for the islands was “a positive step forward for our business and all our customers who wish to enjoy a well-deserved break overseas”.

But he urged ministers to “work closely with the industry on airport testing so we can open up more destinations in the coming weeks”.

He added: “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.

Aircraft operated by TUI are pictured at Manchester Airport in Manchester, north west England on July 27, 2020, following the holiday operator's decision to cancel all holidays to mainland Spain, due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases there. - Tour operator TUI has cancelled all British holidays to mainland Spain from Monday until August 9, after the UK government's decision to require travellers returning from the country to quarantine. The newly-imposed rule to self-isolate, abruptly introduced at midnight Saturday hours after being announced, follows a surge in novel coronavirus cases in parts of Spain in recent weeks. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Tui is putting flights back on to the Canary Islands (Photo: Anthony Devlin/AFP)

“This level of uncertainty is damaging for business and all those employed in our industry.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Cook said bookings had “skyrocketed” for its Canaries holidays. Overall search traffic on its website for these getaways tripled after Mr Shapps’ announcement on Thursday, the firm said.

Thomas Cook said it is expecting to see “a bumper weekend of interest” with half-term ahead, and said its holidays have a money-back guarantee if quarantine rules return.

Can I travel to Spain?

The UK Government continues to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, based on Covid-19 risk. Spain has become the first European country to pass one million cases.

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