Spain warns Brits won't be allowed back to the Canary Islands any time soon as UK coronavirus 'has to improve' first

BRITS won't be allowed to return to the Canary Islands any time soon as the UK's coronavirus situations "has to improve" first.

Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto has been in talks with Jet2 and TUI – but will only welcome German and Nordic travellers first.

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She told Spanish media in regards to UK tourists: “There the health situation still has to improve.

“For us it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”

The UK is currently facing some of the highest coronavirus cases in Europe, with nearly 275,000 confirmed and 38,489 deaths.

While Spain's cases are higher than the UK, with over 285,000 cases, their confirmed deaths are just 27,127.

When asked which countries the government was talking to about their nationalities getting first option to return to Spain if the pilot tourist schemes get the go-ahead, she flagged up Germany and the Nordic countries.

She added: "At this moment in time their epidemiological situations are very good."

The Balearics Islands regional government has been leading the way in campaigning for the right to organising a test run with foreign tourists from June 16.

It wants Madrid to sanction the arrival of around 3,000 German tourists who would holiday mainly in Majorca with some being allowed to travel to Ibiza and Menorca.

Reports on Saturday said they would be tested for Covid-19 and quarantined for six hours before being allowed to start their holidays.The Canary Islands’ peak season is the European winter, but also appears to be in the Spanish government’s consideration of the pilot scheme plans. 

Mrs Reyes Maroto confirmed she would also talk to other regional government leaders about the idea, opening up the possibility of areas like the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol being included for consideration if they signal a desire to get involved.

Mainland resorts like Benidorm and Marbella are currently on phase two of a four-stage national coronavirus recovery programme.

Restrictions in the two resorts are set to be eased again today when they will be given the possibility of reopening beaches to people wanting to sunbathe and take their first dip in the water for two and a half months.

Marbella and other Costa del Sol resorts will reopen their beaches.

Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez has said Benidorm’s beaches will remain closed until mid-June so they can reopen safely when the time is right. 

He has also said sunbathers will be ordered to clear its beaches at midday between morning and afternoon sessions to help encourage rotation and ensure as many people as possible get to enjoy the coastline this summer.

Tourists who test positive for the coronavirus on Majorca and Ibiza face being ordered out of their hotels to self-isolate in apartments.

The islands’ health minister Patricia Gomez also hinted holidaymakers who start displaying Covid-19 symptoms or test positive could even be made to pay for their emergency accommodation.


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