Spain’s Canary Islands Clarifies Testing Requirements for Travellers

Spain’s Canary Islands have clarified the testing requirements for arrivals that come into force from November the 10th.

The Government of the Canary Islands has recently approved a decree-law stating that tourists must provide a negative Covid-19 test to stay at any accommodation on the archipelago. The decree, which comes into force on November the 10th, states that either PCR or antigen tests will be allowed as proof that visitors are COVID-free, as long as they come back negative and are taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Those under the age of six do not need to provide a negative test to enter the Canary Islands, which were granted a travel corridor by the UK government last week. The legal document, which has now approved by the autonomous region of Spain, has been designed to regulate the spread of Covid-19 on the islands, which have a lower rate of infection than the Spanish mainland.

The Canary Islands are now the first Spanish region to require tourists to perform a diagnostic test. The test can be carried out in their place of origin or in spaces made available to them prior to entering tourist accommodation. Another boost to islands is the fact that the Canary Islands are currently the only area of Spain without a 10 pm curfew- although the wearing of face masks is still mandatory on the islands.

15-day exemption

Canary residents will be exempted from having to present a negative test if they have not left the Canary Islands 15 days prior to their arrival to tourist accommodation. Non-Canary Islands residents will also be exempted if they can prove they have not left the islands in the last 15 days before arriving at tourist accommodation.

Hotel and tourist accommodation providers have the responsibility to verify tests and are obliged to tell guests where tests can be taken if they arrive without sufficient documentation. They must also, by law, deny access to any tourist who arrives without a negative Covid-19 test. Documentation verifying a negative test result must state the date and time of the test, the identity of the tourist, and the laboratory responsible for the diagnosis.

In the event that a tourist is diagnosed as carrying Covid-19, public administrations in the Canary Islands will arrange ‘suitable accommodation’.

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