UK travel corridors: Can you travel to the Canary Islands? Latest FCDO advice

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on December 10 the Canary Islands will soon be removed from the UK’s travel corridors list. A popular holiday destination for British travellers, the Canary Islands were added to the FCDO travel corridors list in October prior to the second national lockdown.

Can you travel to the Canary Islands?

From Saturday, December 12, the Canary Islands will be removed from the travel corridors list.

Home to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the removal of the Canary Islands from the FCDO travel corridor list will no doubt be disappointing for Brits hoping to catch some winter sun this month.

The removal of the Canary Islands has been attributed to the rise in weekly cases of coronavirus in the region.

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According to the Department for Transport, test positivity has reached 7.1 percent across the Canary Islands.

In the popular holiday spot of Tenerife, the test positivity rate is higher at 8.8 percent.

People arriving in the UK from 4am on Saturday, December 12 will have to self-isolate.

The self-isolation period for people arriving back in the UK from the Canary Islands will be 14 days.

For many people currently visiting the Canary Islands, the self-isolation period will stretch into the Christmas period.

People who have to self-isolate will not be able to receive visitors under the Christmas bubble system.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “It’s utterly devastating news for the thousands of British travellers who booked to go to the Canaries for Christmas and New Year.

“It’s also a body blow for travel firms who’d seen an uplift in bookings for the winter after the Canaries were added to the travel corridor list.

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“It now means thousands of refunds and lost bookings for a sector that needed the Canaries to help them recover.”

The quarantine period can be shortened for people arriving in the UK from December 15.

People arriving in England can pay to take a coronavirus test at least five days after they land, and if they receive a negative result the self-isolation period will end earlier.

People with certain jobs are also exempt from the self-isolation period following international travel.

What is the ‘test to release’ scheme?

The Test to Release for International Travel Scheme will allow people to pay for private Covid tests after arrival in the UK.

The scheme is voluntary and only applies to people self-isolating in England.

GOV.UK will include a list of private test providers which passengers will be able to book a test with, and travellers will also be able to opt into the scheme on the passenger location form.

The scheme starts on December 15, and people cannot opt in before this date.

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