Is it still safe to visit the Canary Islands due to the eruption of the La Palma volcano? The island has been declared a disaster zone.
The Spanish government has named LA PALMA a “disaster zone” as the volcano continues to spew molten lava. Is it safe to visit the Canary Islands on vacation? A volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma has erupted once more, sending molten lava rushing toward the coast and threatening the release of deadly gas. Since then, the Spanish government has declared the island a “disaster zone,” with additional emergency measures in place.
While La Palma is not the most popular tourist destination in the Canary Islands, it nonetheless draws a large number of visitors who want to experience the island’s distinct character.
The capital, Santa Cruz, is the most popular tourist destination.
However, the island is close to the popular Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which are 241 and 246 kilometers apart, respectively.
Lanzarote, another popular Canary Island destination, is 481 kilometers away.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has not yet issued a travel warning to the Canary Islands for non-essential travel.
According to the FCDO: “A volcanic eruption occurred in the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on September 19, 2021, at approximately 15.15 local time.
“Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, and El Paso’s immediate regions have been evacuated.
“If you live in an affected area, you should follow local authorities’ instructions, especially Cabildo de La Palma’s social media updates.
“If you are going to visit the island in the near future, you should contact your tour operators/airlines.”
Reyes Maroto, Spain’s tourism minister, is confident that the island is still secure for visitors.
She told Canal Sur, a local radio station, that: “There are no limitations on visiting the island.
“On the contrary, we’re disseminating information so that travelers can visit the island and experience something unique for themselves.”
The airport at La Palma is open, however flights are not currently operating.
Due to a large explosion from the volcano, the airport was closed on Saturday.
Despite the fact that it reopened on Sunday, flights are still canceled.
There have been no flight interruptions to adjacent islands thus yet.
It is recommended that passengers check with their respective airline or travel operator.
On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted, sending hot lava and ash into the air.
More than 6,000 people were evacuated from the area to avoid the 1,250°C (2,282°F) lava that was fast streaming from the open fractures.
400 visitors were among those evacuated and relocated. “Brinkwire News Summary.”