The Canary Islands could be made exempt from the UK travel ban very soon, a tourism leader has claimed.
Brits jetting overseas to mainland Spain or the Islands must quarantine for 14 days upon return after the government imposed new measures.
Initially holidaymakers could still visit the islands, which includes popular destinations Majorca, Tenerife and Lanzarote but the Foreign Office later advised against non-essential travel there too.
But tourism leaders in the Canaries say they are convinced that quarantine measures will be lifted very soon.
President of the Canaries, Ángel Víctor Torres says he is confident that the government will axe the rule for the islands, which has a much lower rate of infection.
He said the U-turn was the “absolute priority for the Canary government” after the Spanish PM had already held talks with PM Boris Johnson.
Mr Torres has claimed that there will be a “legislative” amendment in the UK this week allowing Brits to travel quarantine-free.
And he said that the Islands had a low rate of infection and effective track and trace system.
Some Spanish media have claimed that the decision could change as soon as today.
Mr Torres said: “The government of the Canaries is confident that the negotiations with the United Kingdom will bear fruit and that this week the quarantine for travellers returning from the Islands can be lifted.”
As travel resumes across Europe, the Canary government is calling for a tax to cover the costs of testing holidaymakers on arrival and before they leave.
This would see Brits getting tested twice during a holiday with all airports set to take part.
The temporary measure could continue until a vaccine was introduced.
Calling on the European Aviation Safety Agency to introduce the new tax, Mr Torres said it “wouldn’t be an easy decision” but there were already other countries doing this.
It has not been made clear whether struggling airlines would be expected to cover the cost – or holidaymakers via increased ticket prices.
But Mr Torres said the tests were “vital” to guarantee safety while travelling for tourists.
He added: “These tests on passengers, which could be paid for with this European tax, would help keep the situation under control until there is an effective vaccine against the virus.”
It comes as Boris Johnson has warned there are signs of a “second wave” of coronavirus in Europe.
Speaking during a visit to Nottingham last week, the PM said: “What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again.
“Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe, amongst some of our European friends, I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic.”