Canary Islands say that antigens will be accepted for all travellers from December

2020/11/23 17:07:52 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Government of the Canary Islands has said today that they are confident that there will be a harmonized and standard control for travellers entering the archipelago, which includes antigen tests, from December 2nd.

This was announced by the regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, during a press conference with the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, after holding a video conference with the CEO of Jet2, Steve Heapy.

Torres said “As of today two regulations coexist. We have tried over recent weeks, and we succeeded yesterday, to arbitrate mechanisms so that we have a single harmonized standard, which includes rapid antigen tests."

Torres added that the Government of Spain has been sensitive to the circumstances exposed by the regional Executive, so that this week the agreement will be finalised while both regulations run side by side to see their evolution, their pros and cons, so that from December 1st there is a harmonized standard between the two administrations.

The objective, he continued, "is to provide maximum health security at Canarian airports, and to have a diagnostic test that is accessible and affordable by the countries of origin," with the intention that both PCRs and antigens are accepted as the regional standard.

The president pointed out that since the Canarian decree is in force, only one positive has been detected, and that the implementation today of the PCR requirement, has not had any affect in the normal operation of Canaries airports.

Meanwhile, regarding the meeting with Jet2, the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, says she hopes that when the United Kingdom lifts the restrictions on December 2nd, the British will be able to return to the islands with this testing, as the epidemiological data of the country is decreasing. Currently Jet2 are planning to resume operations from December 3rd, awaiting confirmation from the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Castilla said, “A light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnel. So much so that tour operators and airlines have already begun to show their interest with greater zeal for the Christmas season. For them it is very important and they have told us that the Canary Islands are still priority,” she asserted.