TUI will restart flights to Spain’s Balearic Islands and Canary Islands from Monday.
The UK’s biggest tour operator said in a statement: “Due to the travel advice change against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, TUI UK have taken the decision to cancel all holidays to mainland Spain up to and including Sunday 9th August 2020.
“We know how much our customers look forward to their holiday abroad and some will be able to accommodate the new quarantine restrictions, therefore all those that wish to travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands will be able to travel as planned from Monday 27th July.
“Customers due to travel to all areas of Spain between 27th July and Sunday 9th August will be able to cancel or amend holidays and will be able to receive a full refund or the option to rebook their holiday with a booking incentive.
“We will proactively contact all these customers. Customers with holidays from 10th August will be updated on Friday 31st July.
“All customers currently on holiday can continue to enjoy their holiday and will return on their intended flight home.
“We will continue to work closely with the UK Government and look to understand why quarantine has been issued for a whole country, including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, when the travel advice isn’t aligned (only applying to mainland Spain).
“We believe regional travel corridors need to be considered.
“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is always our highest priority and welcome travel advice that protects those that holiday with us.
“However, the UK Government must work closely with the travel industry as this level of uncertainty and confusion is damaging for business and disappointing for those looking forward to a well-deserved break.”
The Foreign Office is currently advising Brits against non-essential travel to mainland Spain, but the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands are still considered safe.
Despite this, the government is requiring travellers from the whole of Spain – including the islands – to quarantine when they get back to the UK, effective immediately.
TUI had previously pledged to only take customers on quarantine free holidays this summer, but has decided to accommodate customers who are happy to self-isolate when they get back.
Passengers do have the option to cancel or change their flight if they cannot commit to the 14 day quarantine.
All flights to mainland Spain have been cancelled up to and including 9 August.
The government is expected to review the current “air bridge” scheme on Monday 27 August. It is believed to be considering “regional air bridges” which would allow tourists to travel to low risk areas in otherwise high risk countries.