Travel ban: Epidemiologist says ‘closing borders does not work’
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The volcano on La Palma erupted in September and has left 6,500 people unable to return to their homes on the island. It is the longest eruption on record in 375 years in La Palma.
In an announcement to tourists TUI said: “Due to the ongoing situation we’ve unfortunately had to cancel all flights to La Palma departing up to and including 10 February 2022.
“All impacted customers will be contacted directly to discuss their options.
“The next scheduled flight to La Palma is 17 February 2022.
“We’d like to reassure customers due to travel to any other Canary Islands that our flights are currently operating as planned however we will continue to monitor the situation and contact them should their holiday be impacted.
“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this time.”
Scientists have said they believe the eruption may soon be over after a sudden end in volcanic activity.
Experts believe that the eruption may be declared to be finally over on Christmas Day.
The violent eruption has damaged over 1,500 buildings on La Palma and destroyed 73 kilometres of road.
One resident told Spanish paper, El País: “I won’t believe it (is over) until the referee signals the end of the game, because Mister Volcano always does whatever he likes.”
TUI has also updated British tourists on the new rules in place for holidays to the paradise island of Cape Verde.
The holiday operator said: “We’re aware of the recent change in entry requirements for Cape Verde.”
Anyone over 12 and over must provide a negative test result to enter Cape Verde. Even fully vaccinated travellers will need a negative test.
Families travelling for a holiday in Finnish Lapland have also faced new restrictions as of December 18.
TUI said: “We’re aware of the recent change in entry requirements for Finland, that as of midnight on Saturday 18 December, anyone aged 16 years and over must take an antigen (rapid flow) test within 48 hours of arrival into Finland.
“This new requirement is in addition to the existing entry requirement: proving your vaccine status, taking a test to return within two days of your return flight (to the UK), taking a test within two days of your return home and isolating until you have the results.”
The holiday operator said that all customers with bookings had been contacted directly with more information.
TUI’s ski brand, Crystal Ski Holidays, has also had to update customers after France banned British tourists from entry.
Crystal Ski Holidays said: “We’re aware that the French Government have announced a ban on UK travellers entering France.
“As a result we’ve had to cancel our holidays to France on December 21, December 28 and January 4.
“We understand the huge disappointment this will cause. We know customers have been looking forward to their trip to the mountains with friends and family and we’ve emailed all customers with a re-booking incentive.”
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