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Grant Shapps has confirmed that people returning from Denmark, the Maldives, Canary Islands and Mykonos will no longer have to quarantine from 4am on Sunday October 25.

The transport secretary added that those entering from Lichtenstein will have to quarantine from 4am on Sunday.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com 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.”

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“The Canary Islands are hugely important, for us and independent travel agents as businesses, and for our customers as a much-loved holiday favourite too. We know how much our customers want to get away for some winter sun in the Canaries, and they can do this again from 30th October onwards. As the UK’s leading operator to the Canary Islands, we will be restarting with a programme that means independent travel agents can offer customers unrivalled choice and flexibility, as well as all the award-winning benefits that they know and love.”

An ABTA spokesperson said: “After a terrible summer season, the removal of the need to quarantine when returning to the UK from the Canary Islands, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos is a bit of light at the end of a very dark tunnel for the travel industry.

“We have been highlighting the need to move to a regional approach to quarantine, citing the Canary Islands as a specific example, so it is good to see the Government take action on this today.

“But we must remember that the pandemic brought foreign travel to a standstill and for most companies there has been little or no chance to start a recovery. The Chancellor’s update to the Job Support Scheme today, while an improvement, still leaves many travel companies facing difficult decisions around jobs in the weeks ahead. The Government needs to look at introducing tailored support for the industry to help companies through the winter. It is also vital that the Government seeks to fully regionalise travel corridors and transition away from the current global advisory against all but essential travel by moving back to country specific Foreign Travel Advice.”

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.