A hotel in Tenerife has reportedly been placed in lockdown after a guest tested positive for coronavirus.
According to guests and local reports, around 1,000 people are now in lockdown at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel.
The hotel denies it is under quarantine, although Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres confirmed the ‘coronavirus protocol has been activated for an Italian tourist in the south of Tenerife.’
The patient in question is a doctor from the Lombardy region of Italy where several people have now died from the virus.
So, is it still safe to travel to Tenerife or should you rethink your holiday plans?
Is it safe to travel to Tenerife?
It is currently safe to travel to Tenerife and the Foreign Office has not updated its guidance for people visiting the Canary Islands.
The government’s website says you should ‘comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities,’ but provide no further details.
British holidaymakers currently in the Canary Islands are more likely to be affected by the adverse weather conditions and sandstorm which led to flight cancellations over the weekend.
Flights from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma as well as North and South Tenerife Airports were grounded as a result of the Saharan sandstorm, which swept the island with red sand.
Flights have now resumed.
Will travel insurers cover trips affected by coronavirus?
If you’re planning on hastily cancelling your trip to Tenerife, or even Italy, as a result of recent coronavirus scares, you likely won’t be due any compensation from your insurance company.
If you’re scheduled to travel somewhere the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a warning against going to, and if your holiday is ATOL protected, you will be eligible for a refund or the choice of alternative travel arrangements.
At the moment, this applies to trips booked to China, as travelling there goes against FCO guidance and carries the risk of invalidating your insurance.
Because the FCO has not issued advice against travelling to other countries, most insurers will not cover cancellations.
As always, it is recommended to read the small print of your policy.
The FCO today updated their travel advice for Italy, advising people to ‘self-isolate’ if they have travelled north of Pisa.
However, it is still safe to travel to the country, provided you are not going to one of the quarantined towns, of which there are around a dozen.