Holidaymakers rushing to book winter sun getaways in the Maldives and Canary Islands are finding it less straightforward than hoped.
Ongoing restrictions mean that despite the Maldives being awarded a travel corridor with the UK on Thursday, visitors will still have to quarantine upon their return unless they fly direct to the destination. The only airline that offers this service is BA; greatly limiting the options for Britons.
Derek Jones, CEO of luxury travel agency Kuoni, told Travel Weekly: “It is still horrendously complicated. If you take any other routing [than BA’s direct flights], you do still get caught with quarantine on your return.”
The Canary Islands were also granted a travel corridor this week, but the Spanish government recently said it was considering new protocols that would require Britons, and other tourists from countries with high case rates, to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of departure, to gain entry.
Alan Cross, head of trade at Jet2holidays, said: “At this moment in time, we are just clarifying with the UK government and the Canarian government, what the entry and exit requirements are. So keep checking our website for information related to that.”
Still, demand for both destinations is high. Paul Charles, CEO of travel PR consultancy The PC Agency, tells Telegraph Travel: “From talking to several tour operators and travel agents in the last 24 hours, they have each taken hundreds of bookings for the Maldives and Canary Islands for travel in the next three months, including Christmas.”
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