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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Canary Islands suspend the need for COVID certificate to access tourist accommodation


The Government of the Canary Islands has agreed this Thursday [14 Oct], at its Council meeting, to suspend, at least until January 31, 2022 the obligation to present a COVID certificate to access tourist accommodation, announced spokesman, Antonio Olivera.

In the press conference after the Governing Council, the spokesperson indicated that this suspension of sections 1 and 3 of the Decree Law on extraordinary measures in tourism to face the effects of the health and economic crisis produced by the pandemic.

This means that it will not be necessary to prove that you are free of the disease to stay in tourist accommodation (and will take effect on the same day of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands), until January 31, without prejudice to successive extensions. The agreement is the most convenient legal route for the progressive return to normality, taking into account that the advance of vaccination in Europe and the Canary Islands, as well as the existence of a procedure to control foreign travellers at airports (where a vaccination certificate or COVID diagnostic test with a negative result is still required).

The spokesperson for the Executive stressed that, as the Ministry of Tourism had agreed with the four main Canarian employers in the sector, it was necessary to eliminate the existing double control (airport and accommodation) and relax the rules that were established in the tourist establishments of Canary Islands accommodation for protection against disease and as a measure that helps to strengthen the image of the Canary Islands as a safe destination and guarantor of high standards of protection of its visitors.

Antonio Olivera also highlighted that the advance of the vaccination program continues to be "very positive" in the Canary Islands and is allowing the number of infections to be reduced, which has allowed Fuerteventura to pass to level 1, so all eight islands are at low risk.

This is good news for the arrival of the high tourist season, reflected in good hotel occupancy figures and signs that the winter season will be positive for the Canary Islands. 

Booking.com