Canary Islands OFF the travel corridor list with Brits forced to quarantine from Saturday

THE Canary Islands have been removed from the travel corridor list, the government has announced.

Anyone returning from the islands, which include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, with be forced to quarantine from Saturday.

The islands were the only destination in Spain still open to Brits.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter: "Data indicates weekly cases and positive tests are increasing in the CANARY ISLANDS and so we are REMOVING them from the #TravelCorridor list to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19."

"From 4am Sat 12 Dec, if you arrive from these islands you WILL need to self-isolate."

This means holidays to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria will result in a two-week quarantine period when back in the UK.

Botswana and Saudi Arabia are the only two countries to be added to the UK's air bridge list this week.

Mr Shapps added: "BOTSWANA and SAUDI ARABIA have been ADDED to the #TravelCorridor list. If you arrive from these places after 4am Sat 12 Dec you do NOT need to self-isolate."

Last week, the government didn't add or remove any travel corridors, although Estonia and Latvia were removed the previous week.

Aruba, Bhutan were added to the safe list along with six of the Pacific Islands, Timor-Leste and Mongolia.

Families are able to go on holiday again if they are in tier 2 or tier 1, with the lockdown restrictions ending earlier this month.

Tier 3 residents are not allowed to travel abroad, due to being in the high risk category.

However, countries are introducing their own travel restrictions, with Greece and Italy having their own mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival during Christmas and the New Year.

Many countries also enforce a negative coronavirus test to enter – Spain, Greece and Italy require the test along with the Maldives and Cuba.

Just Gibraltar remains open to Brits with no travel restrictions.

Here is everything you need to know about getting a negative coronavirus test for your holiday.

They cannot be done on the NHS and can cost between £100 and £200, although airlines and tour operators are offering prices from £60.

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