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SPAIN holidays could be back on the cards for Britons as the Canary Islands negotiate with travel operators to finance coronavirus tests for holidaymakers. The move could help get quarantine rules lifted for those returning to the UK from the islands.

PUBLISHED: 08:11, Mon, Sep 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:12, Mon, Sep 7, 2020

The Canary Islands which include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, are popular winter holiday spots for Britons. The islands, which are located off the coast of north-western Africa, usually remain warm during the Autumn and Winter months. Currently, the islands are on the UK’s quarantine list after Spain recorded a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Now, the Canary Islands are trying to negotiate with travel operators to jointly finance coronavirus tests in a bid to get quarantine rules lifted.

Tourism leaders have said they are reportedly "fed up" waiting for the Spanish government to take charge and will go it alone so that the winter season - which starts in October - can be saved.

The Canary Islands government has confirmed it is looking at a number of testing options, including those which give results in a short amount of time.

Ministers say they are prepared to pay for the tests, as are individual councils throughout the islands.

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Spain Canary IslandsSpain: Canary Islands could share costs of coronavirus tests for tourists to save holidays (Image: GETTY)

Spain Canary IslandsSpain: Ministers say they are prepared to pay for the tests, as are individual councils (Image: GETTY (stock image))

This joint initiative with tour operators has been put in place across other countries.

Canary Islands’ Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Yaiza Castilla said the islands were in the unique position to be "the only winter sun destination with capacity and with reliable sanitary standards for Europeans."

The islands are desperate to win back the British and German markets which are now both subject to quarantine restrictions.

Ms Castilla said the number one priority was to reduce the number of coronavirus outbreaks and infections across all

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