Canary Islands becomes the first region in Spain to request a negative Covid-19 from visitors
This goes specifically for those staying at a tourist-type of accommodation
- October 30, 2020 20:30
- Tzvetozar Vincent Iolov
Yesterday, 29 October, the Governing Council of the Canary Islands approved a decree which states that all visitors to the archipelago who intend to stay at a tourist establishment will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result done no more than 72 hours before their arrival.
The law also stipulates that visitors will have to be informed about this requirement upon making reservation, such as online, and that the reservation process will only be able to be completed once the buyer has accepted the conditions.
The tourist season on the Canary Islands goes on practically all year long
Blessed with one of the best climate conditions in the world, the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, continue to attract visitors long after the summer has ended in Europe. That puts tourism as one of its major economic pillars and a need to regulate the activity in a way that is standardized, safe and fair to all sides involved.
The diagnostic tests will have to performed at the place of origin of the journey. As for Canarian residents who wish to travel inside the autonomous region and book accommodation, they will have to declare under their own responsibility that they had not left the islands in the past 15 days. Non-residents who had been present for the past 15 days in the archipelago will have to show proof to that effect upon arrival at the accommodation.
The test result can be provided electronically, prior to arrival, or on paper upon arrival. Apart from the negative result, it must state the time and place of the test, the laboratory and the identity of the certificate holder.
There is a 10 days grace period after the law has entered into force.
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