The local government on the Canary Islands will pay your insurance if you catch coronavirus while on holiday there.
The policy was launched by the Canaries’ Department of Tourism, Industry and Commerce in partnership with insurance firm AXA in August.
It was launched in a bid to tempt holidaymakers back to the sunny islands, and will cover Spanish and international travellers on any of the eight Canary Islands.
The insurance policy will cover medical bills and any new return flights as a result of health issues and extended stays due to quarantine measures.
Regional Tourism Minister Yaiza Castilla said: “The Canary Islands have furthered their commitment to strengthen and increase the safety and peace of mind of tourists. This is just one more attraction of the destination.”
The UK government is currently advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, with quarantine measures in place upon your return.
However, the policy is set to be in place for the next 12 months so could come in handy for future travel once the restrictions are lifted.
It will provide up to €150,000 in health expenses and quarantine costs for €100 per day for 14 days.
The scheme only covers cases of Covid-19 that were not known about before travel.
The Canary and Balearic Islands currently have a lower infection rate than mainland Spain, and many travel industry leaders have called for the government to take a more ‘nuanced’ approach to quarantine rather than country-wide.
In an open letter to Boris Johnson, businesses including TUI, easyJet, British Airways and Heathrow Airport wrote: “It is clear that the Canary and Balearic islands are not facing the same epidemiological situation as parts of mainland Spain, with rates of Covid that are lower than the UK.
“This means we are in the extraordinary situation where the government is encouraging domestic tourism but advising against travel to areas of Spain that have lower rates of Covid than the UK.”
The scheme put in place by the Canary Islands is similar to one launched by Emirates.
The new tactic from the airline sees travellers being issued with insurance which will cover medical treatments, hotel quarantine costs and even funerals if a traveller dies from the virus while travelling with Emirates.
Cyprus to welcome back vaccinated British holidaymakers from May 1st
There is an issue with the dates, however
British tourists who have received their Covid vaccine could be holidaying in Cyprus this summer.
The Mediterranean country, a popular destination for tourists from the UK, has said it will open its borders to British people who have been vaccinated.
However, this date clashes with the UK ban on foreign travel imposed by the government, with restrictions still in place at the start of May.
The Cypriot government announced that anyone who had received both their vaccinations could travel with no restrictions on their side from May 1st.
According to Cyprus’s deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, the island will let tourists from the UK who’ve had vaccines which are approved by the European Medicines Agency visit – with no quarantine or a negative test required.
The minister added that anyone travelling to the country will need to have had their second dose of the vaccine at least seven days before travel.
So far nearly a million people have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.
The issue for any British holidaymakers wanting to travel to Cyprus is that leisure travel to foreign countries is banned until May 17th at the very earliest.
The May 17th date is also dependent on several factors, including the emergence of new Covid variants and the progress of the vaccine programme.
Holidays in the UK are set to begin earlier, with plans to let people stay in self-contained accommodation, like holiday lets, from April 12th at the earliest.
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Haven is reopening its caravan parks following latest lockdown announcement
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Following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, Haven has announced it will be opening its caravan parks from April 12th.
It’s great news for one household families who are looking for a getaway – Haven will be open in England from April 12th.
Two households will be able to stay together from May 17th.
Haven said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.
“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”
It comes just in time for the Easter half term which ends on April 16th, with holidays in Yorkshire starting from £69.
Haven added: “We would like to thank our guests for their patience and continued understanding whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.”
Currently, this only applies to those in England and guests should expect some restrictions in place in accordance with the lockdown rules.
Indoor entertainment is also unlikely to return but outdoor activities are expected to take place.
It comes after Travelodge also announced a sale on rooms with prices starting as little as £25.
Travelodge launches huge sale with more than 1 million rooms for £25 or less across England
Make sure you don’t miss these super low prices
Travelodge launches sale with breaks available for £25 or less a night in hotels across England.
Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement at the beginning of this week, Travelodge has confirmed they are now taking bookings from May 17th and have even slashed their prices.
Staycations are likely to stay popular for quite some time with rooms available from just £25 a night – it’s the perfect way to explore the UK this year.
Hotels across the country are included in the deal, from coastal locations like Cornwall and Devon to countryside destinations such as the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Those looking for a city break can grab a bargain night in the likes of London, Liverpool, York and Cambridge.
Family rooms are also included in the sale meaning a stay can cost just £6.25 per person for a night, or those looking for a romantic getaway can grab a room for £12.50 each.
From May 17th, hotels can reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households. Holidays in self-contained accommodation can go ahead from April 12th at the earliest.