Foreign Office has ‘no plans’ to fly British tourists home from Tenerife

None of the remaining 700-plus guests at a hotel in Spain’s Canary Islands on lockdown over the coronavirus have shown any symptoms of the virus and 130 of them have been cleared to leave the building, a spokesman for the regional government said on Thursday.

The guests at Tenerife’s H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel have spent three days in isolation after the coronavirus was detected there in four Italian tourists. 

The nationalities of the freed guests are yet to be announced.  

The Foreign Office said earlier today it had ‘no plans’ to fly British tourists home from their hotel lockdown. 

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The 168 Britons at the resort had their hopes raised on Thursday when Canary Islands officials said they were in talks with foreign diplomats about a possible flight. 

Some guests had pleaded with Boris Johnson to order a rescue mission after they were told they were facing a two-week quarantine at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace.  

But an FCO spokeswoman told MailOnline today: ‘We’re in touch with Spanish authorities but as far as we’re aware there’s no plans for a flight at the moment.’ 

A woman and her child look out of the window of their hotel room today at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife which is in quarantine over coronavirus fears

Downing Street defended the response to the situation at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘The Foreign Office has been in contact with more than 100 British nationals who are staying in the hotel.

‘They are providing them with support, they are also in regular contact with local authorities and tour companies to share information.

‘The quarantine is being managed by the Spanish authorities. We understand that those guests who have been assessed by medical staff and who are not showing symptoms are free to move around within the hotel.’

Pressed on whether there would be an evacuation flight for Britons, the spokesman said: ‘We base all our decisions on medical and scientific advice and everything is kept under review.’

A tourist wearing a face mask cycles on an exercise bike next to the pool at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace today where 168 Britons are beginning a two-week lockdown

A tourist wearing a face mask cycles on an exercise bike next to the pool at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace today where 168 Britons are beginning a two-week lockdown

Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said the agency had sent a ‘health protection specialist’ to Spain to work with local authorities. 

The specialist will work to ‘better understand the public health measures that have been put in place in the hotel’, she said. 

‘This includes understanding spread of the virus within the hotel and how the Spanish authorities are monitoring the situation.’

The guests are locked in a four-star hotel and have been allowed to leave their rooms, lounge by the pool and eat in the hotel restaurant.  

Spanish officials ordered the two-week quarantine after four Italian guests who stayed at the hotel last week tested positive for coronavirus.  

Julio Perez, a spokesman for the Canary Islands regional government, said today that talks with foreign officials had been taking place in Tenerife and Madrid. 

Regional health minister Teresa Cruz told a press conference that there had been a ‘good reaction from the respective embassies to repatriate their citizens’. 

‘Today the health ministry has a meeting about the same subject, seeking the implication of the different embassies so they can get their citizens home if they feel it is appropriate,’ she said.  

Perez added: ‘This morning our government authorities have had meeting with different consuls and in Madrid there’s been talks with ambassadors.

‘If we can assure a transfer in such a way that we know that when they reach their home countries, their respective health authorities and epidemiology services can carry on conducting active monitoring, they could go if this is organised.

‘At the moment it’s safe for the 140-odd tourists who checked in after the people staying at the hotel who have tested positive.’ 

However, British officials do not appear to have shared the enthusiasm described by their Spanish counterparts.  

The Foreign Office says it has spoken to dozens of the British tourists by phone and text, but there are no plans to arrange a repatriation flight. 

A man walks next to the swimming pool of the Tenerife hotel, which was placed in quarantine by Spanish authorities after four Italian guests tested positive for the virus

A man walks next to the swimming pool of the Tenerife hotel, which was placed in quarantine by Spanish authorities after four Italian guests tested positive for the virus 

Tourists next to the outdoor pool today at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace where most guests have been allowed out of their rooms

Tourists next to the outdoor pool today at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace where most guests have been allowed out of their rooms 

Officials are keeping the situation under review.  

The FCO previously chartered such a flight for British nationals who were trapped on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. 



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