Allow quarantine free travel from the Canary and Balearic Islands to the UK

Lift a blanket quarantine enforcement for Spain to mainland Spain only. Coronavirus in the Canary and Balearic Islands is not prevalent therefore you should be allowed to travel without return quarantine requirements.

This petition closed on 31 Jan 2021 with 11,073 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Allow quarantine free travel from the Canary and Balearic Islands to the UK

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26/08/2020 - Public Health England (PHE)
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22/05/2019 - Inquiry: Tourism in Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
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29/05/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Recent Speeches related to Allow quarantine free travel from the Canary and Balearic Islands to the UK

1. International Travel
07/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: would like to make a statement about international travel corridors.In June, 14 days’ isolation was - Speech Link

2. International Travel
09/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: was introduced for travellers arriving in the UK, with a small number of workers’ exemptions. This action - Speech Link
2: holidaymakers included, by surprise. As I landed in Spain on my family holiday, I was immediately joining - Speech Link
3: easy for the virus to migrate between regions without borders or boundaries. However, as JBC resources - Speech Link
4: and the Government are therefore at present unable to introduce regional travel corridors from within - Speech Link

3. Covid Security at UK Borders
01/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: introduce a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all arrivals into the UK, thereby securing the country - Speech Link
2: introduce a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all arrivals into the UK, thereby securing the country - Speech Link

4. Spain: Travel
28/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Baroness Vere of Norbiton to all Members on travel corridors and Spain, sent on 26 July, what support they will - Speech Link
2: show flexibility by allowing employees who return from Spain to work from home where possible—[Inaudible - Speech Link
3: show flexibility by allowing employees who return from Spain to work from home where possible while self-isolating - Speech Link
4: she tell us whether this sudden imposition of quarantine—it has provided a sharp shock to the tourism - Speech Link
5: public health. We put them in place for the Spanish mainland first and, once further consideration had been - Speech Link
6: with the coronavirus pandemic, it is unfortunately inevitable that all plans for foreign travel have some - Speech Link
7: looking to go abroad to check their travel insurance. Many travel operators are now offering flexible - Speech Link

5. Health Measures at UK Borders
04/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: virus being transmitted from someone coming into the UK. Yesterday, the Foreign Office announced support - Speech Link
2: whom it is absolutely essential to travel are doing so—and therefore reduce the risk to our world-leading - Speech Link
3: entry to non-UK residents from red list countries that are already subject to the UK travel ban. Thirdly - Speech Link
4: travelling out of the UK, we will also be enhancing and stepping up enforcement of the rules, because - Speech Link
5: wishing to travel must first make a declaration as to why they need to travel. This “reason for travel” will - Speech Link
6: wishing to travel must first make a declaration as to why they need to travel. This “reason for travel” will - Speech Link

6. Covid-19: Repatriation of UK Nationals
30/04/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: I will repeat a Statement on the repatriation of UK nationals affected by Covid-19 given in another place - Speech Link

7. Covid-19 Update
09/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: from coronavirus. Thanks to our collective efforts, we are turning a corner. Cases of coronavirus have - Speech Link

8. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
15/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: a cautious return to normality and to reopen the economy as soon as the science has allowed. In more usual - Speech Link
2: holidays, along with the introduction of a 14-day quarantine period for all new arrivals, is striking and - Speech Link
3: could be helpful if we find ourselves having to return to lockdown, as I suspect further lockdowns—local - Speech Link
4: we are debating came into view, this confusion allowed their liberalising significance to be exaggerated - Speech Link

9. Covid-19: UK Border Health Measures
04/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: health measures at the border in response to coronavirus. This is another cross-government measure in - Speech Link
2: shown that, in a world of serious threats to the UK and to global stability, pandemics have no boundaries - Speech Link
3: decline, and international travel is likely to resume from its record low. Therefore, the scientific advice - Speech Link
4: putting in place from 8 June. These temporary requirements are set out in full in the Health Protection - Speech Link
5: for 14 days; this is the incubation period of coronavirus. This follows expert medical advice and is in - Speech Link
6: number of exemptions to the self-isolation rules, to allow essential services and supply chains to continue - Speech Link

10. Covid-19: UK Border Health Measures
03/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: health measures at the border in response to coronavirus. This is another cross-Government measure in - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Allow quarantine free travel from the Canary and Balearic Islands to the UK
1. Aviation: Coronavirus
asked by: Andrew Griffith
12/06/2020
... what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on the potential for an air bridge permitting air travel between the UK and Spain without a quarantine being imposed on inbound travellers to the UK.

2. Aviation: Coronavirus
asked by: Theresa Villiers
21/07/2020
... whether the Government is negotiating with Bulgaria to establish an air bridge to allow covid-19 quarantine free travel between Bulgaria and the UK.

3. Canary Islands: Coronavirus
asked by: Kevin Brennan
18/05/2020
... if he will arrange a direct flight from Fuerteventura in the Canary islands to the UK for British nationals and residents wishing to return to the UK during the covid-19 outbreak.

4. Canary Islands: Coronavirus
asked by: Kevin Brennan
18/05/2020
... what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals and residents who have been unable to return to the UK from Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

5. Aviation: Coronavirus
asked by: Mike Penning
15/07/2020
... what discussions he has had with representatives of the aviation industry and airlines on resuming flights to countries that have not formed reciprocal quarantine-free travel arrangements without warning UK nationals that they may be refused entry to those countries.

Latest Questions

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Government Response

The JBC risk assessment indicates the risks to UK public health from travellers returning from Balearic and Canary Islands remains unacceptably high. We will keep the islands under regular review.


The Government’s priority is to tackle the spread of COVID-19 whilst enabling a safe, sustainable and responsible return to tourism.

Decisions on International Travel Corridors are informed by risk assessments provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), working closely with Public Health England (PHE), using a methodology endorsed by the four Chief Medical Officers (CMO) of the UK.

JBC and PHE monitor over 250 countries, territories and islands daily to inform these risk assessments. Factors taken into consideration include:

• An estimate of the proportion of the population that is currently infected (this is known as ‘point prevalence’);

• Weekly case incidence rate taking into account population size of the country, territory or island;

• Trends in incidence, deaths, hospitalisations and intensive care admissions;

• Information on laboratory capacity, testing and contact tracing strategies, and test positivity rates;

• COVID-19 cases detected in the UK following travel to the country, territory or island (‘imported infections’);

• Qualitative information related to the reliability of reported data and the maturity of public health systems; and

• Public health measures in place and the enforcement of, and adherence to, those measures.

We keep our approach to border measures under regular review to ensure that they remain effective and practical. Accordingly, on 7th September, the Government updated the Travel Corridors policy to enable islands to be added to the Travel Corridor list, separate to their mainland countries, where the data supports it.

The latest JBC risk assessment indicates that the risks to the UK public health from travellers returning from Balearic and Canary Islands remains unacceptably high.

Decisions on international Travel Corridors are reviewed weekly. We will bring the Spanish islands onto the travel corridor list as soon as it is safe to do so.

In addition, the Government has set up the Global Travel Taskforce which will consider:

• How a domestic testing regime for international arrivals could be implemented to boost safe travel to and from the UK and allow UK residents to travel with confidence;

• What steps we can take to facilitate global business and tourist travel, including through bilateral agreements and multilateral forums by exploring with key international partners issues such as global common standards, testing models, “bubbles”, measures around enforcement, exemptions and other border management measures; and

• Beyond the above, what steps we can take to increase consumer confidence, ensure existing measures are being properly adhered to and restart international travel safely.

Public health is a devolved matter in the United Kingdom, therefore Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may take their own approach if they so wish.

Department for Transport