The Canary Islands have now taken out a broad “travel assistance policy” that will cover visitors for incidents related to Covid-19, including any need to extend stays due to quarantine. There is no extra cost to the holidaymaker and all travellers are automatically covered.
The policy has been agreed between insurance company AXA and the islands’ Department of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, and will cover both Spanish and foreign visitors provided they are staying at regulated tourist accommodation – and not, for example, with friends.
It means that should tourists test positive for Covid-19 while holidaying on the Canaries, their medical expenses and any health repatriation and extended stays due to quarantine (which is mandatory for positive results on the islands) will be covered.
The policy comes into force this week and will initially last for twelve months.
The Spanish islands were removed from the UK and Northern Ireland’s green list of quarantine-free travel countries recently causing chaos for holidaymakers currently on holiday or planning to travel soon.