Last-minute holidays to the Canaries will be back on sale in time for a half-term getaway after the islands were added to the UK travel corridor list.
Holidaymakers will be able to visit any of the eight main islands in the archipelago without the need to quarantine for 14 days on their return. The move comes into effect from 4am on Sunday (25 October), the transport Grant Shapps confirmed on Twitter on Thursday.
TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, said it will have holidays on sale to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from Saturday (24 October), with more flights to follow.
TUI’s managing director for UK and Ireland, Andrew Flintham, described the addition of its most popular winter sun destination to the safe list as “a positive step forward”.
“We haven’t been able to take people 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.”
The operator will also have twice-weekly flights to St Lucia and Cuba over the winter, starting from Sunday.
Adventure company Explore Worldwide said it will now increase the number of small group trips it runs to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Gomera over the winter. Managing director John Telfer said that as well as being great news for travellers, the opening up of the islands was “a much-needed shot in the arm for all our hoteliers and guides in the Canaries”.