The Canary Islands are breaking ranks with mainland Spain over which COVID-19 exams are acceptable. UK vacationers will now be allowed to enter the Canary Islands in the event that they take a fast Covid-19 antigen check. That is excellent news for journey brokers who promote winter solar holidays to vacationer sizzling spots reminiscent of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
The Decree Regulation 17/2020 of 29th October 2020 by President Torres, which works towards these at present in place by mainland Spain, was revealed within the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) on Wednesday afternoon and can come into pressure immediately (Thursday, December 10).
At present, mainland Spain is requiring all Britons to take a full PCR check inside 72 hours of journey. Vacationers are obliged to point out a detrimental PCR check which isn’t solely costlier it additionally takes longer to turnaround outcomes.
Journey brokers have reported that some holidaymakers have needed to miss flights to the Canaries as a result of their PCR check failed to return by way of the publish in time.
Even the discounted postal PCR exams equipped by TUI and Jet2holidays are taking far longer than anticipated to turnaround the outcomes resulting in missed holidays. Brokers fed up with having to rebook holidays needed to insist shoppers guide their check earlier than reserving a vacation.
Nonetheless, holidaymakers are struggling too. With a lot demand for a check, getting a well timed appointment to have a PCR check in clinics and drive by way of check centres and Boots is proving a problem. That is additionally true of testing at airports.
So this measure by the Canary Islands, whose regional authorities needs to make it simpler for vacationers to entry testing, may be very welcome. Antigen exams don’t must be despatched to a lab for evaluation so outcomes can come again inside hours quite than days.
The Canaries insist it has the authority to just accept the antigen check as new circumstances of Covid amongst guests – some 250,000 worldwide vacationers – over the previous 5 weeks, has plummeted.
By the way, the decree makes it attainable for a traveller to be examined inside 72 hours of arrival; inside 72 hours of arrival; and even to be confined for 14 days.
In the event you select to take the check after arrival, you’ll have to stay in isolation in your residence, non permanent residence or vacationer lodging till a detrimental result’s obtained.