Friday, December 18, 2020

The order requiring a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Canary Islands from Friday

Negative COVID-19 test required to enter the Canary Islands from Friday

The Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) published Tuesday the Ministry of Health order that requires each traveler who comes from another autonomous community, either by plane or boat, to provide a negative Covid-19 test carried out 72 hours before the trip. 

The measure, from which children under six years of age are excluded, will come into effect this Friday 18 December and will last until January 10, and its non-compliance will be sanctioned through Decree 14/2020 approved on September 4.

The Canarian Government allows three types of tests in this situation; PCR, antigen test and TMA, and in the case of Canarian residents, it will be paid for by the regional Executive if it is carried out in one of the laboratories with the that agreements have been signed - the rest of the travelers will have to assume the cost themselves.

If the traveler does not perform the test before arriving on the islands, they must isolate and perform another within 72 hours and remain isolated until they test negative or receive the epidemiological discharge - the results will be sent to the Canarian health service via email.

If they persistently refuse to take the test, the traveler must remain in isolation for 14 days at their residence, regardless of the sanctions that may be imposed.

Passengers in transit and tourists staying in regulated accommodation are excluded from this order - they are already affected by another previously approved decree.

In addition, the following are exempt from isolation; health workers in labor displacement, transporters, patients traveling for imperative medical reasons, those assisting as dependents, workers of the sea in transit, crew of ships and airplanes, journalists in professional practice and public representatives, diplomats and staff of international organizations whose physical presence is essential for the organization of activities.

[NB: With the news that Tenerife will close for 15 days on Saturday, this order will apply in the other islands, but in Tenerife only on Friday and maybe from 3 January, if the closure is then lifted.]