The Canary Islands signs a travel insurance agreement that covers quarantine of tourists on the islands

2020/08/05 13:34:02 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

The Government of the Canary Islands has signed an insurance policy by which it becomes the first Spanish community that guarantees tourists that they will have all expenses covered derived from a coronavirus incident, ie, repatriation, medical expenses and their stay in quarantine on the island.

The policy covers both Spanish tourists (including island tourists) and foreigners, on the condition that the traveller didn’t know prior to travelling that they had contracted Covid-19, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement.

The agreement has been signed by the regional Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, on behalf of the public company Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias, and AXA Seguros, represented by the director of the Canarias, Auxiliadora Expósito.

Castilla said that, by signing this policy, "the Canary Islands are making further progress in their commitment to strengthen and increase the safety and piece of mind for tourists."

In her point of view, this travel assistance insurance constitutes "one more attraction of the destination, which already stands out for its health security, before those people who are currently deciding where to spend their holidays."

As a result of this agreement, the insurer AXA will make an exclusive telephone hotline available to the Canary Islands Government, to attend to any circumstance related to this policy.

The protection of tourists through this insurance is effective from this week and will initially be valid for 12 months, excluding the circumstances known before the start of the trip and under the conditions set by the policy, the Ministry specifies.

With this policy, she remarked, tourists "will be guaranteed travel assistance coverage by Covid-19, with medical expenses, health repatriation and extended quarantine stay."