British tourists planning a holiday in the Canary Islands in the next few weeks will need to test negative for coronavirus or they will be refused access to their accommodation.
The Canary government has confirmed that all holidaymakers arriving on the islands, including Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, will need to bring along a Covid-free certificate obtained within 72 hours of their arrival.
If they don't, they will be required to take a coronavirus test at a private clinic at their destination.
If they are positive, they will not be allowed to stay in their hotel, apartment or holiday home and will have to go into quarantine.
The tests in the UK or in Spain will be financed by the tourist themselves or the tour operator.
Canary president, Ángel Víctor Torres and Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castillo have released preliminary details of the law that the regional government wants passed within 15 days.
The new law is intended to maintain the downward trend of coronavirus cases in the archipelago.
The UK government on Sunday lifted its 14-day quarantine rule for Brits on their return from the Canaries, and are the only place in Spain with a travel corridor to Britain.
The islands are also the sole Spanish destination where Spain's new night-time curfew is not in place, due to the low number of coronavirus cases.
The procedure, if confirmed and approved, would be different from what the Canary government initially planned, which was tests on arrival at the airport.
The Canary government says it doesn't want to risk everything it has achieved, given that travellers would primarily be visiting from places likethe UK and Germany, which have higher numbers of coronavirus.
Once agreed, details of the new requirement will be sent to tour operators, hotel chains, travel agencies and embassies, so that everyone knows that they need a test.
At this moment, the Canary Islands favour antigen tests, capable of detecting covid infection with very high reliability, in minutes and at a low cost to the traveller.
Tourists will also be advised to down a track and trace app that allows for the tracking of their contacts if a positive Covid test occurs.
There is currently no rule being decided that would require travellers to have coronavirus tests when they leave the Canary Islands.
Today, the Canaries reported 60 new cases of coronavirus and one death, the lowest tally since August 8.
For Brits looking to travel to the Canary Islands, there are a number of deals to be had, as companies try to fill empty plane seats and hotel rooms after a quiet few months.
- Seven nights in the Canary Islands with easyJet Holidays – from £207pp
- Seven nights in the Canary Islands with Jet2 Holidays – from £299pp
- Seven nights in Fuerteventura with TUI – from £309pp
- Seven nights 4* bed & breakfast in the Canary Islands with easyJet Holidays – from £314pp
- Seven nights in Gran Canaria with TUI – from £369pp
- Seven nights in Tenerife with TUI – from £385pp
- Seven nights all-inclusive in the Canary Islands with Jet2 Holidays – from £435pp
Strict coronavirus restrictions remain in force on all the islands, including the mandatory wearing of masks and the closure of pubs and restaurants at either midnight or 1am depending on the location.
Brits are already slowly returning to the islands where the new winter season begins on November 1.
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