Updated 23 November: The British Government has announced in its Winter Plan that the national restrictions, and so the ban on foreign travel from England, will be ended on 2 December. The full document is HERE and in terms of travel abroad says:
It is also important to manage the number of cases seeded from abroad. The Government has introduced public health measures at the border including a 14-day isolation period for international arrivals, and introduced the travel corridors system to limit these requirements to those countries with higher prevalence. The Government wants to enable people to travel internationally, both for business and leisure, so following extensive work undertaken by the Global Travel Taskforce over the last month, the Government will announce next steps shortly. The Government will also set out the broader measures recommended by the Taskforce to support the safe recovery of international travel. The Government will continue to work with international partners to deliver a shared global understanding of how to integrate a range of measures to support international travel.
Given the Government’s comment HERE that all travel is restricted “from 5 November to 2 December”, it’s not clear to me whether the 2nd is the last day of restrictions or the first of freedom, so we wait for “next steps” to be announced shortly which will perhaps confirm, but we now know that foreign travel from the UK will be allowed from next week. My reading, though, is that a fortnight’s isolation may be required for anyone going home depending on the status of the country they’re returning from.
Updated 4 November: The House of Commons has passed its new lockdown regulations, the New National Restrictions, by 516-38, a huge majority despite a threatened rebellion of some (especially new) Conservative MPs. In the end the majority was 478, so this effectively has complete Parliamentary support. The rules come into force at midnight tonight, so from the start of Thursday 5 November and MPs will be able to review them on 2 December – that is the date on which, technically, they could be lifted but it seems increasingly possible that instead the lockdown will be extended, which will take it up to or over Christmas. As far as English travellers to Tenerife are concerned, they won’t be coming whether or not they have a test, or whether there’s a travel corridor or not.
Updated 3 November: HERE are the new rules for England which the Government is calling New National Restrictions, presumably to avoid using the triggering word lockdown. They will be voted on in Parliament tomorrow and, assuming they are passed, will be in effect from Thursday 5 November. The only thing that matters from Tenerife’s perspective is that foreign travel is not one of the exceptions for which one may leave one’s house.
Original post 31 October: So, the Canarian Government is requiring tests for all visitors to tourist accommodation from 14 November (see HERE), and from next Thursday 5 November travel abroad from England is ruled out until at least Wednesday 2 December when the restrictions will be reviewed and perhaps extended. The ban on foreign travel is part of a new lockdown which the Government is calling New National Restrictions, presumably in an attempt to avoid using the word lockdown because it triggers opposition in some. Please see HERE for full details about the lockdown, which includes the following concerning travel abroad specifically:
The Government says:
Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes. [It also advises that] If you do need to travel abroad before 2 December (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and the current travel corridor list.
It says “will not be allowed” because it has yet to be approved by Parliament: the debate and vote are on 4 November but there seems little doubt that it will be passed, and then it will be law, not “advice”.