World's first coronavirus-free flight will be from Madrid to Gran Canaria

2020/05/17 11:07:37 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has been confirmed as the destination for the first coronavirus-free flight thanks to the digital health passport called "Hi + Card and free of COVID-19", a pilot project supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and endorsed by the Canary Islands Government, that develops an APP to monitor passengers and which will certify that their carriers do not suffer from the disease.

The Minister of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, explained on Sunday morning, that her department is working on several channels to offer a destination free of coronavirus, and that it involves a security protocol that will monitor tourists from their destination to their holidays on the islands.

For this, an APP has been developed that will certify that tourists are free of the virus and will be able to spend their holidays in the Canary Islands. The councillor also announced that this first worldwide flight will depart from Madrid to Gran Canaria.

The passengers of this pioneering flight, which will take place in July, will carry a unique digital profile on their mobile phones, where a health entity, accredited by the Ministry of Health, will provide medical information regarding coronavirus. Users will request these entities to directly store the information, in encrypted and secure form, in their profiles.

Yaiza Castilla explained that the agreement materialized after several meetings with UNWTO representatives, in which the Canary Islands presented the project on which they are working, to recover tourism for the archipelago as soon as possible, and which involves converting the Canary Islands into a world laboratory for redesign of tourist security processes, and minimizing any risk in order to transmit health security to tourists.
"It is not about turning the Canary Islands into a hospital destination, but tourism for tourists who feel safe on the islands," said the Minister of Tourism.