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Tenerife and Canaries in talks for UK to offer exemption on Spain quarantine rules

Britons are normally a huge market for Majorca but the island has been struggling with visitor numbers since the international borders were opened on June 21.

The re-introduction of the UK’s 14-day quarantine rule effective from midnight last night was greeted with “huge concern” in the islands and is being described as “as representing a fatal blow to the second issuing market for visitors to the island.”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office current travel advice for Spain states: “From 26 July, the FCO advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“Only the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera) are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).

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