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Canaries CVD-19 Testing update

6th November 2020 - 5:05pm


Update from the Spanish Tourist Office on recent communication regarding testing for travel to the Canary Islands.


Testing for travel to the Canary Islands is not mandatory but the hotels and tourist accommodation will be looking for a negative Covid test from the 14th November, it doesn't need to be a PCR, it can be an antigen test (blood test). The Spain Travel Health form is required at the airport (both paper and digital formats are accepted and can be filled in at the airport).


Spain will be introducing a nationwide procedure for testing shortly.

Please click HERE for more.


The Government of the Canary Islands approved a decree-law of extraordinary measures designed to manage the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The legal document states that tourists, over six years of age, must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, certified by health authorities within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to their arrival. The test must certify that the individual has tested negative and is not a transmitter of COVID-19 in order to access tourist accommodation.


It is important to note that proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test is mandatory for tourist accommodation, including but not limited to, hotels, apartments, camping, rural or country houses, and is not required for individuals staying in their own property or a friend's property.


Included in this legislation is a requirement that prior to the reservation of accommodation, tourists must verify that they understand in order to access their lodgings they must complete an accredited diagnostic test. The legal document approved by the Government of the Canary Islands was proposed by the Ministries of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Health, Public Administration, and Justice and Security.


The Government of the Canary Islands has taken this measure to regulate tourist accommodation so that the health of both travellers and locals can be protected. As well as this, the measures are designed to restrict the spread of COVID-19, which can cause a paralysis of tourist and economic activity.


This new decree-law makes the Canary Islands the first Spanish autonomous community to require tourists to perform a diagnostic test in their place of origin or in spaces made available to them prior to entering tourist accommodation.

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