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Heathrow and Gatwick: Canary Islands could go on green list next month

Brits who are double vaccinated could be enjoying a holiday in the Canary Islands in just under three weeks.

The Spanish islands – which include Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote could be added to the UK’s green travel list by July 15, it has been reported.

Jose Manaricua, President of the Federation of Entrepreneurs and Hoteliers of Las Palmas, claims he has been told by government sources that an announcement will come within days, reported The Mirror .

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He claimed he was given the date by sources close to the government, and expects an official announcement within the next few days.

If the move does happen, it will mean Brits would be able to travel to the Canary Islands without needing to quarantine for 10 days on their return home.

The sunny Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination for Brits

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who will add Spain’s Balearic Islands – Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza – to the green list from next Wednesday, was harshly criticised this week for not ­setting a date for the rest of Spain.

But Mr Manaricua, President of the Federation of Entrepreneurs and Hoteliers of Las Palmas, said: “From July 15 it appears the British Government is not going to force people to quarantine when they come to a destination like the Canary Islands.

“It means we can look forward to receiving British tourists who will not have to self-isolate when they return.”

Since Majorca, Ibiza and Malta were added to the green list last week, airlines have scrambled to put on extra flights and use larger planes to meet demands.

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Ryanair has added 200,000 seats to the Balearics and Malta, Jet2 has added 70 flights and TravelSupermarket says searches for Malta are up 837%.

Thomas Cook said: “We’ve sold more holidays to the Balearics in the past 24 hours than the rest of June put together. Majorca is our top seller.”

How do you plan on spending the summer holidays? Will you feel comfortable going abroad? Let us know in the comment section here.


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