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Canary Islands added to safe list for UK and Germany

Holidaymakers looking for winter sun will be allowed to visit the Canary Islands without needing to quarantine on their return after the UK and Germany lifted the archipelago from the danger list.

The news will come as a huge boost to the Canary Islands whose authorities have long been lobbying to be treated differently from mainland Spain which has the highest infection rate in Europe.

The 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases in Spain stands at 349 cases per 100,000 inhabitants while the islands have a recorded incidence rate of 82 cases per 100,000 inhabitants

The Canary Islands can now open up in time for October half term and prepare for the winter tourism season after suffering a devastating spring and summer.

Beyond having to fill in passenger locator forms and have a temperature check on arrival, visitors to the Canaries currently face no restrictions to entry.

The UK placed Spain on the quarantine list back in July after Spain saw a surge in cases which have now reached over a million since the pandemic began. The rest of Spain, including the Balearic Islands, remain subject to quarantine restrictions with travellers obliged to quarantine for 14 days on their return.

Tourism accounts for about 35 percent of the Canary’s economic output and half of the annual tourism revenues come during the winter months, with tourists from Britain accounting for about a third of all visitors.

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