Travel organizations TUI and Sunweb are canceling all holiday trips with departures from Friday 16 July to the Spanish islands, including the very popular destinations of Ibiza, Gran Canaria and Mallorca.

Those areas have been put on orange by the Dutch government, just like mainland Portugal and the island of Cyprus.

Corendon will continue its holiday trips, CEO Steven van der Heijden informs NU.nl when asked.

Corendon has also been conducting holiday trips to Turkey for some time.

"That country has never been yellow," says CEO Van der Heijden.

“If customers want to go and we can run the trip, then we go,” he says.

If too many people who have booked themselves cancel, a trip may still be canceled.

"Customers can always cancel or rebook trips to orange areas for free. If they still want to go and they have not yet met the requirements of the corona certificate, we offer them a quick test before the return trip," says the CEO of Corendon.

If the outcome is positive, the organization will arrange accommodation and a new return journey.

According to Van der Heijden, the situation in the countries and areas that are now or are going orange is not much different from that in the Netherlands.

The TUI and Sunweb travelers whose trip is canceled can also rebook for free or get their money back.

The islands that have gone orange are the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera) and the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma and El Hierro).

TUI's measure to stop traveling to the islands will be in effect until Monday 2 August.

The rest of Spain was already orange territory.

Until now, the islands have been an exception and counted as yellow area, which is less serious.

An orange travel advice means that you can only make necessary trips to such areas.

Measure affects tens of thousands of holidaymakers

According to TUI, many thousands of Dutch people are currently on holiday on these islands and tens of thousands are expected to leave in the coming weeks.

The corona infections are increasing on a number of these islands.

"Unfortunately, the government and health authorities do not distinguish between the islands and they all color orange," said TUI.

Travelers now on holiday in the Spanish islands can in principle finish the holiday and return home on the scheduled return flight, the company says.

From Sunday 18 July, a corona test will be mandatory before returning to the Netherlands for those who are not fully vaccinated or who do not have corona proof.

"It can be purchased on site, we inform our travelers about it", according to the travel organization.

Tour operator Sunweb also says it will no longer carry out holiday trips if the islands receive a code orange. "We have a policy of following government color codes, so we no longer operate holiday flights to areas that are colored orange or red," said a Sunweb spokesperson.

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