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Liechtenstein added to quarantine list, but Canaries, Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos removed

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If you want to book a last minute half term break, the Government announced this afternoon that anyone returning to England from the Canary Islands (LanzaroteFuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Tenerife, La Gomera), the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days.

Radisson Blu Maldives

The quarantine requirement will be come into force from 4am on SUNDAY morning.   If you were planning to head back before then, I recommend you add on a couple of days to your holiday!

Liechtenstein has been added to the quarantine list.

Note that the rest of Spain remains on the quarantine list. Only the Canary Islands are exempt.

Travel corridors update

BA Holidays has just launched a Canary Islands flash sale to celebrate, with £100 off packages booked by Tuesday 27th October. Here is the small print:

Savings apply to new holiday package bookings only where a minimum spend, qualifying destination and cabin is met. Eligible holiday package bookings with a total cost of £1,500 per booking save £100 per booking made between 18:00 Thursday 22 October and 23:59 on Tuesday 27 October 2020. Valid on economy (Euro Traveller cabin) holidays in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. A ‘Holiday package’ is a Flight + Hotel booking; hotels added to flights after a flight has been selected or booked will not be eligible. Holiday package bookings including multiple destinations are not eligible. Valid for travel between 23 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 only. Please check full terms and conditions at ba.com/offers

The Government has already amended the list of countries exempt from the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here). This is usually the trigger for being able to abandon your holiday plans and make a successful travel insurance claim.

The official ‘travel corridor’ list is on this page of the Government website.

Comments (55)

  • Mart says:

    I’m Praying nothing changes till after our march trip snapped some of the £975 Ba club tickets to the Maldives.
    Didn’t expect to be going but things changing week to week so who knows.

  • ChrisW says:

    Canaries are always a great option in October and November!

    • doctorbee says:

      Very severe face mask rules in the Canaries. Must wear at all times in and outside unless you are doing exercise, swimming or physically eating or drinking (need to replace the mask between sips in a bar).

  • Anna says:

    Easyjet definitely NOT having a flash sale – just checked priced for MAN-GIB and it’s £435 pp for half term week, without luggage!

    • Anna says:

      Which is bizarrely £100 more than TFS, but maybe their pricing system hasn’t caught up with the exemption list yet …

    • SammyJ says:

      We’re going to GIB, only booked it a few days ago. It was £230 each 25th-30th, but added a car and it brought it down to £79 each, plus free luggage!

  • Chris says:

    Sadly the UK is still on the banned list for tourists entering Denmark so no help there.

  • Boon says:

    Interesting that Maldives has been removed! But still requires a PCR test before flying out there…

    • Andrew says:

      But the two things are not linked in any way. This is just the list the U.K. government is happy for you to return from due to low infection rates there. The test to visit the country is set by that country based on infection rates here.

    • ChrisC says:

      This is not a recipricol process.

      Just because we allow entry with no test on return does not mean you can enter without one.

      I can enter the Netherlands no problem yet the UK says I have to quarentine when I return home

    • TripRep says:

      The mandatory PCR test to Maldives therefore makes it a low risk destination, hence why no quarantine requirements for returning from there

  • Jason says:

    Annoyingly BA have just cancelled the return direct flight and now routing via Madrid. So still need to quarantine.

    Let’s hope they reinstate.

  • Tazzy says:

    Any Tenerife recommendations for a November week?

    • Harry T says:

      I’m going to the Ritz-Carlton!

      • RH says:

        Yes, that is nice and also the Grand Melia is nice too.

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          The red level enclave, yes. Not so sure I’d recommend the main resort.

      • meta says:

        Beware covid test may be required for Canaries from early November.

        • marcw says:

          If it ever happens, it will be at detination free of charge. They are currently deciding whether to take the sample directly at hotels, rather than airports.

        • Harry T says:

          Thanks for the heads up but I don’t mind taking a test. It’s unlikely I’ll get covid again.

    • Jan M says:

      Just steer clear off Los Cristianos. Slightly further north on the west coast is a bit more classy. I like the north coast because it’s prettier and more authentic but it’s also colder.

  • Harry T says:

    Okay, everyone get your stays in the Canary Islands out of the way before mid November, because that’s when I’m visiting. We all know what happens after I visit a country…