Canary Islands lift Covid test rules for vaccinated Brits

THE CANARY Islands are now welcoming vaccinated Brits without needing a negative Covid test – despite being left off the green list.

While Spain lifted all entry restrictions for Brits last month, both the Balearics and the Canaries still enforced a Covid test on arrival.

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The Canary Islands no longer require a negative Covid test to enter if you have had at least one jabCredit: Alamy

However, the islands – which include Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera – no longer need the test if tourists have at least one jab.

Cristina del Rio Fresen, leader of global tourism safety for the Canary Islands, told BBC Breakfast: “If you have been vaccinated, all you have to show is a vaccine certificate.”

Even Brits with one jab can skip the test requirements, as long as the first dose was taken at least 15 days before arrival, and within four months of travelling.

Brits who have recovered from Covid also won’t need a test but will need official medical documents showing proof of infection.

The Spanish islands initially required a negative Covid test from Brits

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The Spanish islands initially required a negative Covid test from BritsCredit: Alamy
While the islands remain off the green list, it is great news for vaccinated Brits

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While the islands remain off the green list, it is great news for vaccinated BritsCredit: Alamy
Even tourists with just one jab can avoid the mandatory test

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Even tourists with just one jab can avoid the mandatory testCredit: Alamy

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Despite hopes that the Spanish islands could be included on the green list, the government failed to add any new destinations to it.

Portugal was also removed and added to the amber list – meaning no popular British holiday hotspots remain on the green list.

Anyone returning from Spain must quarantine for 10 days at home back in the UK, as well as have a pre-arrival Covid test and two on day two and day eight.

More countries could be added on the next green list update – June 28 – although fears of the new Indian variant, in particular the Nepal strain, may prevent more holiday destinations being added.

Seven countries were also added to the UK’s red list, including Egypt and Costa Rica.

France has also lowered restrictions for Brits, with any fully-vaccinated UK arrivals allowed to enter with just an antigen test, and no quarantine.

TUI has cancelled trips to Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Italy until at least June 13 due to travel uncertainty while Jet2 has cancelled all holidays until July.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said they will still be operating flights, slamming the decision to remove Portugal as not based on “any science”.

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