Canary Islands Will Require Foreign and National Tourists a Negative Test on Covid

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The Government of the Canary Islands will require from national and international tourists a certificate of the completion of a Covid-19 test with a negative result to enter the islands and without it will not allow them to stay in a tourist establishment.

After the meeting of the Advisory Council, the President of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, have advanced the main lines of a decree law that they want to approve this week, if possible today.

As explained by the counselor, it would be a matter of reforming the regional laws of Tourism Management and Classified Activities and Public Shows to guarantee safe tourism and the right to full information to avoid claims.

For this, national and foreign tourists would be required to obtain a negative Covid-19 test certificate carried out within a period of no more than 48 or 72 hours prior to their arrival at the destination, which will be required to be able to access tourist accommodation such as hotel, apartment or holiday home.

In case of not presenting this document, the tourist accommodation will not be accessible and the person will be urged to take the test in a health centre or laboratory, paying for it themselves.

The legal proposal is based on trying to give the maximum guarantees available so that the tourist when travelling to the Islands is free of COVID-19, which he can prove with a test and for which the antigen test would be admitted, faster and cheaper, or others that the health authorities consider or could be accredited as valid.

If necessary, the Canarian Government would even contemplate, in guarantee of the health, offer the tourist a test before their return to the country of origin.

In addition, the Canary Islands already have established the care to tourists at the destination if this is necessary when a visitor tests positive for Covid-19 (through their health care, quarantine accommodation and repatriation scheme), thanks to the complementary travel assistance policy signed by the Ministry of Tourism.