Torres says we must complete tourist corridors to give more security to travellers

2020/10/15 13:03:45 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, says it necessary to open tourist corridors to provide greater health security, not only internationally but also with visitors from the mainland, since the agreed protocol only includes European countries.

“I think they have to be completed. Steps have been taken. The Canary Islands were the first Autonomous Communities that requested (in May) that tests be of origin, and this is what we raised at the Conference of Autonomous Presidents and before the European Council as an OR (Outer Region), but Europe did not understand it back then. I think they are beginning to understand it now,” he said in statements on Cadena Ser radio.

Torres explained that there must be minimum security standards for everyone, to provide security to compatriots when tourists return to their country. "And that protocol is an advance, that we have tests before travelling is important, but it is necessary for other countries to do the same," he said.

With this, the president added that this same security must also happen with peninsular tourists, which is something "complicated" from a legal point of view, although the Canary Islands "do not renounce being able to have maximum security for tourism."

The current protocol establishes that every traveller arriving in the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands from a territory with an accumulated incidence rate (IA14) greater than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, will have to present a negative test carried out within 48 hours of their flight.

If the incidence of the place of origin of the traveller is 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, they should not undergo any test upon arrival at any international airport in the archipelagos.

In addition, the protocol establishes that before leaving the islands, all travellers must take a diagnostic test for active infection 48 hours before the flight. As explained by the Ministry of Tourism, these tests will be carried out in centres assigned by the competent health authorities, at no cost to the tourist.

If you test positive, you will not be able to fly home and will have to quarantine in the same destination. The governments of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will take care of the necessary coverage in case of quarantine of positive tourists, enabling a series of accommodations provided for this purpose and would also cover health care or hospitalization if necessary.

On the other hand, he observed that tourism is still not activated because there is a globalized circumstance. "We depend on German, English and Nordic tourism, countries that are currently making their own decisions," he stressed.

He mentioned here that Germany is closing regions to other German regions, and the same is happening in the Nordic countries. “We have a problem of origin,” he added “and the destinations are doing all the work. At the moment we have a 3.6% positive rate of PCR tests, below the 4% set by the EU, and therefore, Germany must place us as a recommended place to travel.”