Hola From Tenerife

Subscribe to our free newsletter to get an (ir)regular ray of Tenerife sunshine in your inbox. Just enter your email address below.

Delivered by FeedBurner



Festivals in Tenerife and other large gatherings are still not able to be held with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change without notice. Such circumstances are beyond our control.

Please like and follow our facebook page for more updates >>

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

United Kingdom strengthens its veto to Spain and ‘finishes’ the Canary Islands

The sun sets on Tenerife

The British Government issued advice yesterday against all non-essential travel to Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands and ratified its mandatory quarantine, which brings the Canarian Archipelago to the worst economic scenario. Pedro Sánchez, the island authorities and the British airlines summon Johnson to rectify this.

In an absolute failure of Spanish diplomacy, after a whole day of negotiations between the Spanish and British authorities, with the intention of easing the restrictions for the Balearic and Canary Islands and exempting them from the application of quarantine, the result was precisely the opposite: the tightening of measures.

By mid-afternoon yesterday, the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel recommendations and, instead of easing the routes to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, it advised against visiting the two archipelagos, as well as peninsular Spain, due to the risk of Covid- 19 in various areas, especially Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia.

On its website, the Foreign Office specifies that the recommendation covers "the whole country". Until yesterday at 6:00 p.m., the islands, with less incidence of the virus, were exempt.

This change in position occured when the British and Spanish governments were in full talks to create possible air corridors between the islands and the United Kingdom, and British airlines had assured that they would maintain their flights with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Now all of this is in the air.

After learning of this announcement, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared in an interview on Telecinco that "London's decision is an unfair one" and called on the United Kingdom to rectify it "with epidemiological criteria". Sánchez acknowledged that the quarantine imposed by the Boris Johnson government is "a blow" for the tourism sector, "which has made enormous efforts at this time, an exercise in responsibility to send a security message." In fact, unlike Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, he suggested that the British are "safer" in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Andalusia or the Valencian Community than in their country.

The president attributes this decision to the fact that London is "misfocusing" the measure, "because more than 64% of new cases in Spain are taking place in specific territories" and he refused to link this decision of the Boris Johnson government nor to Brexit nor to the meeting of Minister González Laya with Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, last week in Algeciras.


Be that as it may, this decision that, for the moment, seems irrevocable, has hit the island's business sector like a jug of cold water. His concern "is paramount."

The general secretary of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (CEOE-Tenerife), Eduardo Bezares, warned that this decision will hinder the economic recovery of the islands "and brings us closer to the worst fears when we present the latest economic situation report”. According to the report, the economic recovery in this third scenario will not start before autumn, which is what is expected to happen, if this veto continues; And this will mean "unemployment levels never seen before", from 45% to 60%.

Bezares also indicated that this situation of uncertainty may “discourage” other tourists from other countries from visiting the islands.

The same opinion was expressed yesterday by the president of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chamber of Commerce, Santiago Sesé, who warned that it is "endangering the entire chain of the sector and the economic recovery of the islands." He explained that in the latest growth forecasts, the Canary Islands was slower because tourism was slower; "Now this will prevent us from growing faster."

Sesé indicated that the entire sector had put "a lot of hope" in reopening the hotels "and now this has been truncated." The president of the Chamber assured that this measure, in addition, will cause a contagion effect from other destinations, and says that the most likely thing is that the airlines stop flying to the islands, many hotels will close again and those that were planning to open in August, wont do so. "I am aware of some airlines that have already suspended flights today." It must be remembered that 250 weekly flights between the Canary Islands and the United Kingdom are at stake. For the Speaker of the House, the statements of the Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, have been most “unfortunate” and he hopes that these have nothing to do with the announcement by the British Government, which was just afterwards. "What is needed now," he declared, "is a diplomatic negotiation so that the Canary Islands can save the summer season."

No comments:

Secret Tenerife Needs Your Support: We don't get paid for our work, which takes many hours of research, translation, etc. Therefore, if you can and find this site interesting or useful, please consider making a donation.

Tenerife Topics

Adeje Almond Flower Route April in Tenerife Arafo Arico Arona Ash Wednesday Auditorio de Tenerife August in Tenerife Brexit Buenavista del Norte Burial of the Sardine Canarian Cuisine Canaries Day Candelaria Candelmas Carnaval de Día Carnaval de Verano Carnival 1987 Carnival 1988 Carnival 1989 Carnival 1990 Carnival 1991 Carnival 1992 Carnival 1993 Carnival 1994 Carnival 1995 Carnival 1996 Carnival 1997 Carnival 1998 Carnival 1999 Carnival 2000 Carnival 2001 Carnival 2002 Carnival 2003 Carnival 2004 Carnival 2005 Carnival 2006 Carnival 2007 Carnival 2008 Carnival 2009 Carnival 2010 Carnival 2011 Carnival 2012 Carnival 2013 Carnival 2014 Carnival 2015 Carnival 2016 Carnival 2017 Carnival 2018 Carnival 2019 Carnival 2020 Carnival 2021 Carnival 2022 Carnival Foods Carnival History Carnival Main Parade Carnival Queen Santa Cruz Carnival Queens 2001-2020 Carnivals of the World Children's Carnaval Parade Chinyero Christmas in Tenerife Christopher Columbus Comparsas Corazones de Tejina Corpus Christi COVID-19 Craft Fairs Daytime Carnival December in Tenerife Día de la Cruz Día de San José Easter in Tenerife El Gordo Christmas Lottery El Rosario El Sauzal El Tanque Epidemics in Tenerife Farmers Markets Fasnia February in Tenerife Fiestas de San Juan Fiestas El Palmar Flavours of Christmas Garachico Granadilla de Abona Guía de Isora Güímar History of Tenerife Icod de los Vinos Innocent Saints January in Tenerife Jardín Botánico July in Tenerife June in Tenerife Junior Carnival Queen La Gomera La Guancha La Matanza de Acentejo La Orotava La Palma Eruption La Siervita La Victoria de Acentejo Las Burras de Güímar Las Celias de Tenerife Los Cristianos Los Cristianos Carnival Los Gigantes Los Gigantes Carnival Los Indianos Los Realejos Los Reyes Los Silos March in Tenerife Masca Mascarita Ponte Tacón May in Tenerife Monuments and Sculptures in Santa Cruz Municipal Holidays Municipalities Fiestas Nelson's Attack on Santa Cruz 25 Jul 1797 New Year in Tenerife Nochebuena November in Tenerife October in Tenerife Opening Parade Parade of Vintage Cars Public Holidays Puerto de la Cruz Puerto de la Cruz Carnival Rally Calendar Recipes for All Saints Day Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas Romería de San Roque Romerías San Andrés San Antonio Abad San Cristóbal de La Laguna San Juan de la Rambla San Miguel de Abona San Sebastián Santa Cruz de Tenerife Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Themes Santa Úrsula Santiago del Teide Senior Carnival Queen September in Tenerife Shrove Tuesday Simón Bolívar Summer Carnival Tacoronte Tegueste Tenerife Carnival Dates Tenerife Disaster Tenerife Fire Tenerife Month by Month Tenerife Museums Tenerife Rally Tenerife Walking Festival Tenerife Weather Tenerife Wines Teno Rural Park This Is Tenerife (TIT) Town Halls in Tenerife Traditional Fiestas Tropical Storm Delta Vilaflor de Chasna