Canary Islands are intensifying negotiations with Madrid so that by 1st December there will be a single criterion for the checking of travelers

The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla, today sent a message of security and confidence in the face of the measures applied in the Canary Islands, in regards to accessing the destination from the countries sending tourists. This is in reference to arbitrating the precise mechanisms, so that as of 1st December 2020 there will be a single, unified instruction that will offer greater certainty.

Pursuant to this, the Government of the Canary Islands is committed to the establishment of authorised diagnostic tests for active infection, which are easily accessible in terms of cost and availability.

Torres explained that negotiations have intensified in recent days and that throughout this week the two existing rules on the requirement of diagnostic tests to travelers will coexist, as the resolution of the Ministry of Health. This is regarding checks at ports and airports of international passengers, who, from today, are required to submit a PCR test with a negative result if coming from a high-risk area. In addition, the decree law of the Canary Islands, applicable since Saturday, 14th November, by which it is obligatory to present a negative active infection diagnostic test, either a PCR or antigen test, in order to stay in a regulated tourist establishment of the islands.

The idea under which the Autonomous Government is operating is to this week complete the work of analysing the functioning of both rules and negotiating with the State so that, with the deadline of 1st December, the criteria for health control at the destination can be unified. This will be done by enabling access to reliable and cheap diagnostic tests for tourists, so that this requirement is not an obstacle to their decision to travel to the Canary Islands.

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