Winter here in Fuerteventura has been over for a month, but we are still spoiled with good waves. Last week there were several days with moderate waves on our beach break in La Pared and the whole weekend the right point break waves ran on the beach of Jandia.
Do I have to write that the weather here on Fuerteventura is midsummer? ... or that, in contrast to many other places in Europe, restaurants and shops can be visited almost normally if the hygiene regulations are observed?
It is all the more astonishing that here in Fuerteventura tourism is still limited to a few individual tourists here in Fuerteventura.
I have never been a friend of the large, full castles, but their number is still relatively low compared to other places on the Canary Islands. In addition, there are so many beaches here in Fuerteventura that even during the tourism boom, the beaches always seemed empty.
A little more tourists would be good for the local economy, because well over half of the local population are unemployed.
So why is it that the island is still in hibernation from a tourist point of view?
Of course, the travel warning and, above all, the quarantine obligation associated with it on the return journey.
The incidence in Fuerteventura is much lower than most parts of Europe
The fact that the 7 day incidence on Fuerteventura has long been below the threshold from when a travel warning is issued raises the question rightly: Why is there a travel warning for Fuerteventura?
The Canary Islands are viewed as a whole by the competent authorities of other countries and unfortunately the 7-day incidence of new infections on the two large islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria was still above the threshold from which a travel warning comes into force in many countries.
However, it has to be said that the number of new infections with the corona virus in 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants, even on the large islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, is still many times lower than, for example, in Germany at the moment.
The 7 day incidences in Tenerife always fluctuate around 70 and Gran Canaria is under 50. These are numbers that many places in Europe dream of.
When will the travel warning be lifted?
The numbers of newly infected people in the Canary Islands were probably prevented from falling in March by (illegal) carnival celebrations. At the beginning of April one could already see some after-effects (which in Spain are almost as important as Christmas) of past family reunions of the Easter holidays.
Now the number of new infections is falling slowly and continuously and in almost all the islands of the Canaries they are sometimes well below 50. Only Tenerife has an even higher incidence of 70.
So when, for example, will Germany lift the current travel warning and the associated compulsory quarantine?
For this, the number of new infections with the corona virus within 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants has to be less than 50 for approx. 2 weeks.
If the positive trend continues, this could still be the case in May.
The number of newly infected people in Fuerteventura has not justified a travel warning for some time. Meanwhile, on the other Canary Islands, with the exception of Tenerife, the 7-day incidence is below 50.
With cautious optimism, one can therefore assume that the travel warning will be lifted in May given the sustained positive trend.