Spain holidays: FCDO advice updated with new Canary Island entry rules coming in tomorrow

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While mainland Spain has remained largely out of bounds for Britons, the popular Canary Islands were added back to the safe list in October in a huge boost for winter holidays. Although England’s lockdown means that Britons cannot travel abroad or in the UK except for essential purposes until December 2, 2021 holiday and Christmas searches are on the up. News of a potentially effective coronavirus vaccine have seen Britons flock to book their holidays ready for next year.

According to travel search site KAYAK.co.uk, in the days after the announcement (November 9 to 11), the company saw a 76 percent increase in international travel searches for Christmas.

This is compared with the same days the week before.

Meanwhile, Skyscanner has reported a 48 percent week-on-week spike in searches for the Easter holidays following news of a possible vaccine.

The reports have provided a welcome boost for the travel industry which has suffered massively since the coronavirus began.

But from tomorrow, Britons will face new entry requirements when they travel to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Tenerife and La Gomera.

The islands are usually popular winter destinations due to their warm climate and short flight time.

From tomorrow, those travelling to the Canaries who are booked into regulated tourist accommodation will need to follow new rules “until further notice”.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) the new rules mean Britons must produce an ”official, negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours earlier, when checking into accommodation”.

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Visitors must also “download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout their stay on the islands, and for 15 days after their return home”.

The FCDO added: “These measures apply to all guests aged six years and over, unless they have proof of travel confirming their uninterrupted presence on the islands for the previous 15 days.

“Any traveller failing to comply, risks being refused access to accommodation.”

The rules mean that those staying in their own holiday home or in a friend or relative’s home do not need to provide a test although the Canary Islands’ government recommends at least having an antigen test before travelling.

The test is only mandatory for those staying at tourist accommodation in the islands.

The Canary Islands are recommending that visitors check their operator or airline’s conditions before travelling to the Canaries.

The test is a diagnostic test for active infection to show that a person has not tested positive as a transmitter of COVID-19.

The Canary Islands website continues: “The test must be approved by the healthcare authorities of your own country or of the European Union.”

It added: “You need a paper or digital certificate to prove that you have had a diagnostic test.

“This must include the date and time that the test was administered, the person’s identifying data, the authorised verification centre and the negative test result. The certificate should preferably be in English or Spanish.”

Spain’s coronavirus case rate is currently one of the worst in Europe.

The country has recorded almost 1.5 million cases and is behind France, Russia, India, Brazil and the USA.

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