dd Canary Islands added to UK's safe travel list

Canary Islands added to UK's safe travel list

Published: 25 Oct 2020   

Online Desk

UK tourists seeking winter sun have been given a boost, after Spain's Canary Islands and the Maldives were added to the government's safe travel list.

It means visitors will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on their return, with the Greek island of Mykonos and Denmark also deemed safe.

The changes apply to anyone arriving in the UK after 04:00 BST on Sunday.

But Liechtenstein has been taken off the list, so arrivals must isolate.

The changes apply to citizens from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Winter sun

The Canary Islands are popular with winter holidaymakers, being one of the few parts of Europe warm enough for beach holidays at that time.

However, the rest of Spain, including the Balearic Islands, remain subject to quarantine restrictions amid a surge in infections.

Beyond having to fill in passenger locator forms, visitors to the Canaries and Mykonos currently face no restrictions to entry.

But all visitors to the Maldives are required to prove they have had a negative Covid test within 96 hours of arrival.

And any UK citizen visiting Denmark must prove they have a "worthy purpose" for visiting, such as work or study, as Denmark deems Britain to be a high risk country.

Tourism is not considered a worthy purpose, although people with second homes in the country may visit.

The Department for Transport said the new additions to the safe list had seen a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus.

However, it said "a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Liechtenstein" had led to it being removed from the current list of "travel corridors".

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