Cruise news: Britons welcomed on voyages returning to the Canary Islands next month

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The Canary Islands are a popular winter sun destination with Britons due to the islands’ stable climate. The Canaries usually rely on holidaymakers this time of year to bring money into the islands’ economy. Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands are currently on the UK’s quarantine list which has discouraged many Britons from visiting the usually popular destinations.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Departmental Office (FCDO) are also advising against non-essential travel to the islands.

But now, TUI Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises are planning to restart cruises around the Canary Islands next month.

This is after the regional government decided that the travel sector is a vital step in helping the islands’ economy recover.

The islands will be lifting their ban on cruises from November 5.

And Britons will be welcome on board the ship but there are rules in place.

Britons must provide a negative coronavirus test before they arrive in the Canary Islands.

They will also have to fill in a form which will explain all the passenger’s movements in the last 15 days which includes confirming that they haven’t been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

And Britons will have to face quarantine rules on their return to the UK if the islands are not added to the travel corridor list by then.

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TUI’s vessel Mein Schiff II will depart from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Hapag Lloyd’s vessel, Europe II will stop off at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Both the ships will then visit other ports in the Canary Islands.

The islands include Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Currently, there are very few destinations allowing cruises to restart.

Italy restarted cruises in August with MSC Cruises and Costa cruises in September.

However, there will be some new health and safety measures in place to ensure passengers and crew remain safe on board.

Cruise companies which are allowed to sail from the Canaries can only set sail at a reduced capacity of no more than 70 percent.

The Ministries of Public Works, Transport and Housing and the Department of Health have also agreed on measures which include a ship hygiene plan, insurance to cover any outbreak of the virus, extra medical equipment and a consultation with health centres and hotels on the islands.

The FCDO is also currently advising against cruise ship travel at this time due to the ongoing pandemic and advice from Public Health England (PHE).

According to the FCDO: “Cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least one night on a sea-going cruise ship with people from multiple households.

“Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.”

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