Covid: Canary Islands, Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark taken off travel quarantine list and Liechtenstein added

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Brits will no longer have to quarantine after travelling back from the Canary Islands. Credit: PA

Holidaymakers travelling back to the UK from the Canary Islands, Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the countries will be added to the travel corridor list from 4am on Sunday 25 October.

However, Brits travelling back from Liechtenstein from 4am on Sunday will have to quarantine for the two week period as it has now been removed from the UK government's travel corridor list.

This is due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases as well as an increase in the numbers of cases testing positive in Lichtenstein.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the changes to England's Travel Corridor list in the usual way, with an announcement on Twitter.

The whole of the UK is now aligned with travel advice around all of the Greek islands.

In a statement the Department for Transport warned the government would "rapidly" remove countries from the safe list if the risk to public health "becomes too high".

Jet2, the UK's largest operator to the Canaries, said it would restart flights to the islands from October 30 after they were removed from the government's quarantine list. Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “We welcome today’s announcement and we know that our customers, who want to get flying again, will do so too. "For some time we have been calling for a proportionate, evidence-based approach to safe travel and this is very much a step in the right direction. There is much to do still, and we look forward to working with government to achieve that.” “The Canary Islands are hugely important, both for us as a business and for our customers as a much-loved holiday favourite. We know how much our customers want to get away for some winter sun in the Canaries, and they can do this again from October 30th onwards. "As the UK’s leading operator to the Canary Islands, we will be restarting with a programme that offers customers fantastic choice and flexibility, as well as all the award-winning benefits that they know and love.”