Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced the addition of travel corridors to the Canary Islands, Mykonos, the Maldives and Denmark. This means that holidaymakers returning from any of these destinations after 4am on Sunday October 25 will not be required to quarantine.
All of the new additions – bar Denmark, which is not permitting UK residents to enter unless they have a “worthy” reason – are now viable options for half-term holidays or autumn breaks.
The surge in interest, particularly in the Canary Islands with average high temperatures of 25C in October, has been almost immediate, with the race very much on to find the best last-minute half-term and autumn deals.
Already, flights have hiked in price. On Thursday, there were return flights of just £34 to Tenerife although they rose to £51 within half an hour of the announcement, and by Friday morning they were at £183. Flights to Lanzarote have jumped from £100 to £179 in less than 24 hours, with few direct options left.
This comes as little surprise as a recent pool by flight comparison site Skyscanner revealed that the Canary and Balearic Islands topped the list of the most wanted restriction-free travel corridor destinations to be added to the UK safe list (20%). Following the announcement, traffic to the Skyscanner website increased over 100%.
Jo McClintock, Brand Director at Skyscanner commented:
“The Canaries are a popular mainstay for British travellers, pre Covid–19 the islands offering year-round sunshine regularly featured in our top ten booked destinations. The addition of the Canaries to the quarantine exemption list ahead of the English half term holidays will be well received by our travellers.”
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