By Tony Winterburn • 30 November 2020 • 11:48
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SPAIN’S Canary Islands Set To Accept Covid Antigen Tests To Allow Winter Sun Holidays With Demand Still High.
A deal to accept Covid antigen tests for tourists to the Canary Islands from high-risk countries is being finalised. The aim of the deal is to have this in place from next weekend, just as the lockdown in England will have been lifted. The ministry of health of the archipelago has delivered a technical report on the issue as the islands move to reopen to holidaymakers for the vital winter sun season.
UK transport secretary Grant Shapps granted a travel corridor to the Canaries last month and the islands passed a decree saying tests would be allowed as proof a tourist is Covid-free. Canary Islands president Angel Víctor Torres announced the latest development on Friday, November 27.
He said the technical report prepared by the Hospital de La Candelaria in Tenerife “has conclusive scientific proof that the antigen tests with which they have worked, have all the scientific compliments to be able to measure up to health security required”. Torres said that the aim is to have this decreed by December 1, so that it is actively in place for when travel is allowed again from the UK when lockdown in England finishes the following day.
There is “still a great desire for people to come to the islands,” he added.
The obligation to produce a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival currently affects tourists from 65 countries where the 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is over 150. This list will be reviewed every 15 days according to the risk map offered by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), as established by the Spanish government in the Official State Gazette (BOE).
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