Tenerife urges UK Government to consider it as quarantine-free destination

TENERIFE holidays are on hold for now with the UK Government advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands. However, officials in the holiday hotspot are urging Boris Johnson to consider it based on regional specific figures.

PUBLISHED: 07:15, Sat, Sep 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:31, Sat, Sep 5, 2020

Tenerife is fighting to be singled out as a special case destination, allowing holidaymakers to travel to the island without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK. In a bid to further encourage the UK Government to consider its suggestion, the island’s government has said it will pay for coronavirus test for tourists.

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The hope is that by securing quarantine-free status the popular holiday island will be able to salvage its winter season set to begin in October.

Tenerife’s president Pedro Martín is urging UK officials to reconsider its current status.

"Our situation is different from other islands,” he said.

The president added that the nation would be willing to provide funding for the PCR tests if the Government decided to give them the go-ahead.

"We cannot consider the winter season lost and therefore we are making an effort so that the health reality of the island is taken into account," he said.

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Tenerife holidaysTenerife is calling to be considered for quarantine-free travel for Britons (Image: Getty Images)

Beach in TenerifeTenerife is a popular tourism hotspot for Britons (Image: Getty Images)

Before the pandemic, Tenerife was the Canary island that received the highest number of visitors in 2019.

More than two million Britons visited the island in 2017 according to the most recent figures.

Yet, in the midst of the pandemic, its usually busy tourist season has been left in tatters.

Tenerife are now pointing to Germany as an example for the UK to follow.

Though Germany’s government is advising against travel to the Canaries, it has made Tenerife an exception and has not included the island in its veto.

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