Holidaymakers could be allowed to holiday to the Canary Islands in just two weeks, according to a travel minister. While tourists will be welcomed from European countries, Britons could be banned from visiting the areas in Spain.
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The coronavirus crisis has caused countries across the world to go into a lockdown, in a bit to combat the disease.
Travel bans have meant many people have only been able to move between countries if it is absolutely essential.
However, policies in Spain are thought to be relaxed from July 1, making it easier for tourists to visit.
In the Canary Islands, tourists could go even earlier with a scheme allowing visitors in just two weeks.
However, holidaymakers from Britain will not be among those allowed early access, according to Spain’s minister of industry, trade and tourism in Spain, Maria Reyes Maroto.
She spoke about the possibility of foreign tourists entering the Canary and Balearic Islands in just two weeks.
If a pilot is approved by the Spanish government, holidaymakers could visit the islands weeks before Spain officially reopens borders.
According to reports, the Spanish government had been discussing plans with holiday providers including Jet2holidays and TUI.
However, she explained tourists granted access are likely to come from other countries in Europe.
The minister said the first holidaymakers to arrive could be from Germany and the Nordic countries, stating “at this moment at time their epidemiological situations are very good”.
Concerns about the current state of the coronavirus crisis in the UK could stop Britons from being allowed to visit.
Maria continued: “There the health situation still has to improve. For us, it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”
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The Balearics Islands regional government has been campaigning for a test run to welcome visitors on June 16.
It was announced Spain would welcome tourists again as the coronavirus pandemic improved in the country.
Visitors can visit from July 1, although they will need to follow strict health rules including taking tests.
Britons hoping to travel to the Canary Islands could be asked to take a coronavirus test before leaving the UK.
Vice-president of the Government of the Canary Islands and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez said this will reduce the risk of infection for everyone.
He said: “We need people who get on the plane to do so with the least possible risk of infecting others or becoming infected.”
Britons may also be asked to quarantine for six hours when they arrive in Spain to ensure they don’t have any symptoms.
Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens
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