New “Reliable and Cheap Diagnostic Tests for Tourists” on Spanish Horizon

Canary Islands are intensifying negotiations with Madrid so that by December 1, there will be a single Covid-19 testing measure for the whole of Spain and its islands enabling access to "reliable and cheap diagnostic tests for tourists"

With the deadline of December 1 in mind, both mainland Spain and its islands are working together to agree on a unified testing requirement. 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.

Current measures state that, in order to stem the spread of Covid, and keep holidaymakers on the islands safe, all tourists over six years of age, must now complete a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test before arriving in the Canary Islands.

This rule applies to all those who are staying in “regulated tourist accommodation”. The only exception to this rule are private accommodation which you either own yourself or are lending from a friend or family member. Air bnb’s or any accommodation which is ‘rented’ falls under the “regulated tourist accommodation” and requires presentation of a negative Covid test.

The test must be certified by health authorities within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to arrival and must certify that the individual has tested negative and is not a transmitter of COVID-19 in order to access tourist accommodation.

Meanwhile, international passengers arriving in mainland Spain are now required to submit a PCR test with a negative result if coming from a ‘high-risk area’.

The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla, say that these measures send a message of reassurance, security and confidence to holidaymakers looking to take a ‘safe’ holiday.