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The Canary Islands will require a negative test certificate only for tourists

The tourism sector is upset because it considers that the tests should be done to everyone and that, in this way, the measure is incomplete. The best option: having the adequate logistics to do the tests at the airports

The Government of the Canary Islands will require 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 this Tuesday. 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 center or laboratory, paying for it out of pocket.


This measure has not particularly liked the tourist sector of the islands, which considers that everyone who enters the Canary Islands should be tested, and seek measures to be carried out in the airport area.


Through these changes, and via the right of access to accommodation tourist establishments, on the one hand, and via the users’ right to prior truthful information on the conditions of access to these, on the other, the guarantee is sought that, For health reasons and in order to limit the impact on people’s health, the client must demonstrate with a negative result of a COVID-19 test that they are free of the virus, either after doing it at source or, if there is no place , at destination, upon arrival.


The legal proposal is based on trying to give the maximum guarantees available so that the tourist when traveling 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.


The decree law complies with the limits set by the autonomic powers to undertake a legal regulation in this matter and “has been configured to respond to a situation that requires immediate action,” said the counselor.


If necessary, the Canary Islands Government would even contemplate, in guarantee of the sanitary reciprocity that it defends that it should exist, offer the tourist a test before their return to the country of origin.


In addition, the Canary Islands already have established the attention 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), thanks to the complementary travel assistance policy signed by the Ministry of Tourism.


The regulation of this obligation to provide a negative test to access the accommodation establishments, involves the design of the different measures to guarantee the adequate circuit and procedure for its application.


The Minister of Tourism explained that the formula to implement these controls “is based on three basic precepts: health security, commercial security for the agents involved in the sector and transparency in the information to which the client is entitled”.


“It is a very important decree law that is being prepared before Germany and Great Britain lifted the restrictions to travel to the Canary Islands,” said the Canarian president, while acknowledging the work carried out in recent weeks. For Ángel Víctor Torres, “the proposal is quite professional and adequate; it is the first document of its kind to be approved by an autonomous community”.