UK travel to fuerteventura 2021
There is a report today in the media (so probably has no truth in it at all!) that the Spanish PM wants to achieve 70% vaccination of the population before he opens up the country to tourism. Interpolating the current rate of vaccination levels would suggest late September/early October before that level is met.
@villan : That would be a wise decision since the way Europe ( and UK ) keeps on struggling ( close partially , release to early , close again partially , release again to early ,.......) , this thing will never disappear
I've booked my flights for January 2022. I'm optimistic it will go ahead 😂
@villan hi I have also see reports, saying the same, stating
Pedro Sanchez, warning the frontiers could remain closed until autumn.He appeared to indicate that the go-ahead to restart international tourism would happen only once 70 per cent of Spain’s population had been vaccinated – and that was expected to be at the end of the main tourism season,
As you say villan not sure if reports are correct, or if the statement is taking out of context.
All we can do until then is wait & see & hope for the best,
Now the UK government are to introduce compulsory quarantine for all visitors and returning tourists into secure hotels (to be paid for by the visitor/tourist) effectively ends Summer overseas holidays and travel. 😟
My fear is the language used by the government and advisors about measures being tightened and to be in place for "a very very long time" suggests it could be in place long after Summer.
Sadly villan, having seen the news today I can't disagree. I think they will implement the stricter quarantine, ie hotels & paid for by travellers. Can't see any hope now for travel this year either due to UK government or Spanish government restrictions 😢
As you say, it's looking like the majority of 2021 is being written off for UK tourists. And we all thought 2020 was as bad as it could get 😕
In the meantime I only hope that other countries tourists can return and keep businesses going on the island.
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Thank you for the update Alex. Very informative as usual.
There will be safer destinations that may open up to tourism before others. However the Spanish PM has stated that he will not open borders before 70% of the population has been vaccinated which, by most peoples estimations, will not be until early autumn, unless of course vaccination rates increase. As we stand, that is unlikely as EU countries have not had the best of starts to their vaccination roll out. Flights may happen in the timescales indicated by the airlines but unlikely to Spain and its islands. It would be interesting if The Canaries achieved 70% vaccinated in say July. Would Spain open up that route early? The bottom line is that airlines flying from the UK will have to readjust their schedules to Spain.
Interesting to see that Spain has been omitted from the UK governments list of countries required to isolate in a hotel upon arrival.
@villan it does seem strange that uk government has omitted Spain, what I also can't understand is the fco advice stating all but essential travel to Spain & the Balearics but excluding the canaries, this has still been their advice even during lockdown, even when Spain banned all flights from the uk.
Unless the fco advice changes this could impact on claiming on travel insurance for cancelled holidays. We have been lucky, because I never book a package holiday, only book flights and apartment separately, apartment owner has been brilliant, deposit paid carried forward (when they could say apartment is there ready, not our fault can't get there) and 4flights cancelled with jet2, ok 1st flt last year had to wait 4 weeks for a refund, but that was not a problem didn't have to chase or phone, other flts cancelled, notified, and refund received within a week.
Not sure if I'm confident enough to book again just yet, but I don't think other countries will open to be a safe destination, unless travelling to New Zealand, but maybe not, even if they would accept you.
Maybe November, December this year we can once again find out what a holiday is 🤔🙏
@villan You're right. Vaccination will be the key for the rest of the year. Not only in Spain and the Canary Islands, but all over Europe.
49 samples of the ‘British’ strain (the B.1.1.7) were detected in the Canary Islands. Results have come from 100 samples scientists suspected were a different strain collected between December 18th and January 18th. None of the samples correspond to the so-called South-African or Brazilian variants. In the same period, some 7,239 samples were confirmed to be positive for Covid-19. The ‘British’ Covid strain would represent approximately 0.67% of the total cases detected. It's not a lot but those strains seem to be highly contagious.
" Of these 49 samples, 4 come from the island of Lanzarote and 34 from Tenerife where the cases linked to the outbreak detected in La Palma at the end of December are included. Of the rest of the samples, two come from citizens of Great Britain and another two, from Italy; and seven more are samples in which their traceability is being worked on.
Starting this week, this sequencing work will continue with all suspicious samples of special interest in the islands of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, where the greatest increases in the incidence of the virus are taking place. "
I don't have yet all the figures for Wednesday (only UK : 20K cases and 1.6K deaths). Thursday we had respectively 20K 22K and 36K new detected cases in the UK, France and Spain. 1.6K, 0.4 and 0.6 deaths. Nothing glorious. Hope the vaccine will wipe away those statistics in early autumn as you reasonably write. Thankfully, the Canary Islands have a different trend and do not follow the same bad evolution as mainland Spain.
Wait and see and stay safe.
There was a travel programme on the radio yesterday debating the likelyhood of tourist travel in 2021. The discussion moved onto Spain and referenced the statement of the Spanish PM that no tourist travel would be allowed until 70% of the population had been vaccinated. Unsurprisingly, there is resistence to this from the hospitality sector. The representative from the Spanish Tourism Association referred to the slow roll out of vaccines in Spain which would result in the target not being met until the end of the year. 😢
@villan😭😭😭sadly I think it is reality, now there is a vaccine row ongoing with astrazenica, where ever it ends its not good for the islands or UK. Hunstanton here we come.🙄
The British won't return until the end of the summer.
PUBLISHED ON MONDAY, 08 FEBRUARY 2021 - 09:01H
The tourism world is trembling at the prospect of Germans not travelling this summer either.
According to reports in the English media, Pedro Sánchez has told a meeting of the World Tourism Organisation that foreign tourists would be welcome once 70% of his country had been vaccinated.
The English media interprets Sánchez as saying that the country will "progressively" prepare to welcome international tourists once 70 per cent of Spain's population has been vaccinated, which he expected by the end of this summer, local media, including Euro Weekly News, reported.
The British media state that "it will be a blow to the tourism sector, which closed its worst year since the 1970s in 2020 with a drop in revenue of more than 75%".
In this sense the British daily newspapers point out that "Spain is not the only popular holiday destination to close its doors to British tourists, as Portugal has said it will suspend all flights to and from Britain from Saturday".
I refer to my post above on 24 January and 30 January.
This statement from the Spanish PM was first reported a number of weeks ago but before the extent of the EU vaccine fiasco came to light. On BBC's Today programme a week or so ago they interviewed a high ranking Spanish Tourism representative. She said the expectation of 70% by end of Summer would not be achieved. If the current rate of vaccine roll out continued then the target would not be achieved until the end of year. I've not seen any figures for increased rates of vaccinations so I cannot comment on whether they are back on track or not.
I still pose my question. If the Canaries achieves 70% before the rest of Spain will the PM grant them permission to start to receive tourists?
UK tourism appears to be benefiting from all of this as people are booking staycations for summer 21 and are already being fleeced. A work colleague was looking to book a hotel room for 2 nights to attend a wedding in Devon was quoted £80/night before Christmas. Yesterday she was quoted £200/night but they would not take the booking as they expected to sell the whole week.
I understand the UK are revisiting whether to issue vaccination passports or an alternative could be obtaining written confirmation from your GP that you have been vaccinated. Now, call me a cynic but I smell an opportunity for a charge for this doctors note!