The Canary Islands have been added to the UK’s travel corridors, meaning that Brits won’t need to quarantine when they return.
The new rules come into effect from 4am on Sunday 25th October. (The Foreign Office continues to advise against non-essential travel to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands).
It’s been some much-needed good news for holidaymakers, especially as the Canary Islands are a firm favourite with Brits. In fact, according to recent research from Skyscanner, it was top of the list of the ‘most wanted restriction free’ destinations.
The Canaries continue to enjoy balmy weather in autumn, with temperatures usually in low to mid 20C ranges, with plenty of sunshine.
The good news is that, for those who want to book a trip to the Canary Islands, there are already some deals and packages to be found.
Travel giants such as easyJet Holidays and TUI have Canary Islands packages available, and when we took a look we could find holidays for both 2020 and 2021. (TUI has last-minute deals from £547pp over October half term).
Meanwhile, Jet2holidays has announced it will relaunch flights and holidays to the Canaries from the 30th October onwards.
There are some offers to be found too. For example, British Airways is currently offering up to £100 off any holidays to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
The deal can be booked on the British Airways website but you’ll need to do so by midnight on Tuesday 27th October when the sale ends.
The offer can only be redeemed on a package with a total cost of £1,500, and will be valid for travel dates between the 23rd October 2020 and 30th September 2021.
Meanwhile Thomas Cook – which relaunched as an online travel agent earlier this year – has said that it is putting Canary Islands holidays back on sale following the announcement.
The company will also be offering new holidays to Mykonos, which has also been added back onto the UK’s travel corridors.
The packages will be available to book on the Thomas Cook website from Friday 23rd October.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook: “This will be a real ray of sunshine for families looking to take flight to the Canary Islands, especially with the half term break upon us.
“Thomas Cook customers can head to the Canaries to soak up some much-needed sun and top up the tan, safe in the knowledge that they won’t have to quarantine when they get home. It’s time to get the suncream on standby!”
Holidays in three-tier lockdown
It is worth noting that currently, under the three-tier lockdown system, the government is advising Brits to avoid travelling if they are in one of the higher alert levels (Tier 2 and Tier 3).
This is advice rather than law – but if you have a trip booked and want to cancel because you’re in a higher tier, it’s unlikely that you would get a refund, although you can talk to your firm about requesting to amend your booking or change to a later date.
We have a wider guide on holidays in three-tier lockdown where you can find more information.