Canary Islands are Still Safe – Here are the Facts!

With conflicting reports coming out of Tenerife causing confusion and panic among holidaymakers booked to travel to the Canary Islands, Northern Ireland Travel News has sorted the facts from the fiction

The main advice to holidaymakers is ‘don’t panic’! Travel advice to the Canary Islands remains unchanged and it’s sill safe to travel and enjoy your holiday!


Well, a group of four Italian tourists from towns in northern Italy known to be affected by the outbreak were diagnosed with COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, after arriving in Tenerife for a holiday.

The first to display symptoms was an Italian doctor who immediately reported to a private clinic on after recognising the flu-like symptoms.

His wife and two friends who were holidaying together self-isolated because of the close contact and all three have since tested positive to the virus.

Guests who are staying at the same hotel as the group have been asked to stay in their rooms at the hotel as a precautionary measure only. Apart from the group of four Italian tourists who travelled together, no one else, neither staff nor guests, have tested positive for the virus.

The hotel in question is the The H10 Costa Adeje Palace and there are currently about 1000 guests staying at the hotel.

It’s important to know that the vast majority of people who contract the coronavirus make a full recovery and that is no more deadly that a common bout of flu. Only people who are elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as respiratory problems or a weakened immune system are at risk.

Jet2 have confirmed that they are aware of the present situation, and that, in line with advice from the British government, their flying programme remains unchanged.

A spokeswoman for Jet2 said: “We are aware of reports that a non-Jet2holidays’ customer staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Under the advice of the Regional and the Spanish Government Authorities, the hotel has been placed under quarantine. The health and safety of our customers is our absolute priority, and we will release more information as it becomes available.

“In line with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice, our flying programme remains unchanged”.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for TUI said: “We’re aware of a reported case of COVID-19 at the H10 Palace Hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. All guests have been asked to remain in their rooms and are being looked after by the hotel.

“Our holiday programme to Tenerife continue to operate as planned for all other hotels. We will provide a further update as soon as we have more information.”

The International Air Transport Association has given the KEY tips below if you are commuting via the air:

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub, or soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from a fever and/or a cold
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover nose and mouth with tissue or flexed elbow