The Government has agreed today with the autonomous executives of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands a protocol to establish tourist corridors with European countries that allow the mobility of travelers in order to reactivate tourism in the two archipelagos without putting public health at risk.
"The protocols are a useful instrument to reach agreements with our European partners that allow us to recover mobility and reactivate tourist flows in safety conditions", announced the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, at the end of the videoconference that he had with the presidents of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres and Francina Armengol, respectively. The secretaries of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés; Health, Silvia Cazón; and Spain Global, Manuel Muñiz.
The Minister thanked all the participants for the intense work carried out by the teams from the three ministries involved and from both regional governments in the working group set up to prepare these protocols. "These protocols are the first and we hope to be able to extend them to other peninsular tourist destinations", confirmed Maroto.
The agreed protocol establishes that every traveler arriving in the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands from a territory with an Accumulated Incidence (AI) of 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days should not undergo any test upon arrival at any international airport. of the archipelagos. Those who come from territories with an AI greater than 50 will have to present a negative diagnostic test for active infection carried out 48 hours before the flight, at the most.
Before leaving the islands, all travelers must undergo a diagnostic test for active infection 48 hours before the flight. These tests will be carried out in dependencies assigned by the competent health authorities, at no cost to the tourist. If you test positive, you will not be able to fly and will have to quarantine at the same destination.
The governments of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will also take care of the necessary coverage in case of quarantine of positive tourists, providing a series of accommodations provided for this purpose. They would also cover healthcare or hospitalization if necessary.
The working group that has designed the protocol of the tourist corridor has validated that the two archipelagos have the necessary capacities to serve potential positive tourists.
Covid radar in various languages
In a complementary way, special campaigns will be developed to promote the Covid Radar application among the tourist population, whose translation into the majority languages of regular visitors to the archipelagos is already underway.
These tourist corridors are complementary to the recommendations that the Council of Ministers of the European Union is expected to approve next week, which seek to harmonize epidemiological criteria and rules to restrict travel between EU countries.