Brits coming back from Canary Islands don’t need to self-isolate from Sunday

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Brits coming back from the Canary Islands will no longer need to quarantine from October 25.

The islands have been added to the Government’s list of travel corridors along with Mykonos, Denmark and the Maldives.

Travellers arriving in the UK from those places after 4am on Sunday won't need to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed.

The changes apply to people from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

However, the rest of Spain, including the Balearic islands, remains off the travel corridor list due to a steep rise in coronavirus infections.

The move could lead to a surge of bookings for October half-term breaks and holidaymakers seeking winter sun.

Lichtenstein is the only country to lose its quarantine exemption this week.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK & Ireland, said: "We haven't been able to take people on a Tui holiday to the Canary Islands for 89 days, when the sudden quarantine and subsequent travel advice was imposed with little notice.

"We're therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume from Saturday, October 24. The first flights will depart to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote this weekend, with many more added in the coming days.

"We urge the Government to continue to work closely with the industry on airport testing so we can open up more destinations in the coming weeks. We must move away, where possible, from the anxiety our industry faces waiting for the new list of places people can travel to each week.

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"This level of uncertainty is damaging for business and all those employed in our industry."

Earlier this week, a rapid one-hour coronavirus test was made available at Heathrow Airport in a boost to the flagging travel industry

Holidaymakers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy – which require pre-flight tests showing they don’t have it – can pay £80 for it before they fly.

It is the first time pre-departure Covid-19 testing has been made available at a UK airport, following repeated calls from travel bosses to introduce it.

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The firms behind it, Collinson and Swissport, described it as the "crucial next step toward keeping the travel industry moving while limiting the spread of the virus".

Facilities at Terminals 2 and 5 at the airport will offer the private tests, which can be processed without being sent to a laboratory.

Passengers will need to book the saliva swab – known as a LAMP test – online before heading to the London airport.

The move aims to help passengers heading to countries where proof of a negative Covid-19 test is required on arrival.

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