British holidaymakers to Spain have been given fresh hope of a winter break to the Spanish islands following new travel proposals.
The new agreement which was reached between the Spanish government and regional governments of the Canary and Balearic Islands would establish safe corridors with its European neighbours.
It is hoped that the new proposals would force the UK authorities to lift their current quarantine restrictions on holidaymakers returning from the Spanish islands.
It would mean that no infected traveller will arrive in the Balearic or Canary Islands, and no infected traveller would be allowed to depart.
The proposals would mean that popular holiday destinations such as the Balearic Islands of Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza along with the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria could be available once again.
Details of the plans are thought to have been agreed and if given the green light, would mean Brits travelling to and from the islands would no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days on their return which is the current requirement.
The new measures would see visitors to the islands having to produce a negative COVID-19 test which would need to be taken within 48 hours of travel to Spain. Another option would be to take a test on arrival.
Any tests would not be available from the NHS.
To avoid any quarantine on their arrival back in the UK, holidaymakers would be required to take a test 48 hours before leaving the islands, however, these would be provided free of charge.
Any tourists that were to test positive for Coronavirus, would need to self-isolate at a hotel which would be set aside and only for those who have to quarantine.
Any costs incurred due to hospitalisation would be fully covered by the respective health care services on the islands.
Tourists are currently being advised by the FCO not to travel to Spain with anyone arriving back from the country having to quarantine for 14 days.
If the measures are approved, they would help facilitate safer travel to and from the islands and give a huge boost to the travel and tourism industries of both countries.
January 14, 2021