Canaries extends requirement of a negative to national travellers until after Easter
The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands has implemented the first health measure for Easter by extending the necessity of all passengers, coming to the islands from the rest of the national territory, by air or sea, to present a negative Covid test to enter the archipelago, until midnight on Monday April 5th.
Between December 18th and February 23rd, over 206,000 travellers came to the Canary Islands and 87% did so with a diagnostic test performed at origin. A total of 402 positive cases of Covid-19 were detected among passengers who underwent the test within 72 hours before their arrival in the Islands from other regions of the country. Of these 402 positives, 339 were confirmed by PCR (325 residents and 14 non-residents) and the remaining 63 by antigen testing (48 residents and 15 non-residents).
In that period of time, a total of 36,662 Canarian residents underwent a PDIA at source in the network of laboratories arranged by the SCS, detecting the 373 positive cases already mentioned. Also at destination, 169 positive cases of Covid-19 were detected among travellers who underwent the test upon arrival in the Canary Islands.
When a passenger arrives in the Canary Islands from another region of Spain, they must deliver a negative test certificate at the checkpoints established for this purpose by the Ministry of Health at Canarian airports that receive domestic flights.
Travellers carrying out airport transfers between islands must go to the control of the first airport where they disembark to present their negative diagnostic test certificate. Travellers who did not present the certificate, or one that was not validated, are identified, registered, and then summoned to perform isolation until a negative result of a diagnostic test at destination is obtained.
The diagnostic tests for active infection admitted for national travellers, at the passenger's choice, are:
PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR):
Rapid detection tests for SARS-CoV-2 antigens with a specificity of more than 97% and a sensitivity of more than 80%, according to the corresponding approval of a country of the European Union or the European Economic Area.
Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) – available for free:
The Ministry of Health reminds that the diagnostic test, both at origin and destination, will be free for travellers residing in the Canary Islands who come from the rest of the national territory and carry out the test at the Eurofins Megalab centres, if arranged by the Canary Health Service upon request. In any remaining cases, the passenger will bear the cost of carrying out the PDIA themselves, which will have a dicounted price in the centres arranged by the SCS.
Proof of the test:
The documentation supporting the test must be the original, written in Spanish, in paper or electronic format, and must indicate the traveller's name, passport or ID number, date of the test, identification and contact details of the authorized health centre who performed the test, technique used, and negative test result. In the case of antigen tests, it must also reflect the homologated specificity and sensitivity.
Request for the test at destination:
The Ministry of Health has a Covid-19 control point operational in the six Canarian airports that operate with national flights in which the accreditation of the PDIA result is requested. In the exceptional event that the passenger has not performed the PDIA in the 72 hours prior to arrival, they must isolate themselves at their residence and have a test within 72 hours of arrival, and the result must be sent to the SCS.
Isolation must be maintained until obtaining, and remission of, a negative diagnostic test or, where appropriate, epidemiological discharge. Those who do not perform the PDIA, must keep isolating in their residence for 10 days and are exposed to the sanction/fine provided.
Travel agencies, tour operators, and air or maritime transport companies, and any other agent that markets tickets, must inform passengers at the beginning of the ticket sales process for the Canary Islands, of the obligations derived from the order.
The SCS has signed an agreement with a network of laboratories with 68 locations throughout the national territory, and you must make an appointment to carry out the test in the laboratory closest to the address you are going to, or call 911 087 080. At the time of the test, the traveller must present the printed supporting documents (proof voucher downloadable on the web, photocopy of DNI or residence certificate, and photocopy of proof of flight to the Islands). However, passengers may go to any other laboratory outside the agreed network that will not be subject to a subsidy.
The measures indicated in this Order will not apply to passengers in transit at a Canarian port or airport with final destination to another country, or another place in the national territory. Nor will the measures indicated in this Order be applied to those people who can prove a reservation in a tourist accommodation establishment registered in the General Tourist Registry of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, and are subject to the public health control regime in admission to a lodging establishment in accordance with Decree Law 17/2020, of October 29th, on extraordinary measures in tourism matters to face the effects of the health and economic crisis produced by the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
Isolation during the 72 hours prior to the test in the Canary Islands will not be applicable when the urgency of the displacement prevents it, in the following cases:
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a) Workers who are employed or self-employed in critical occupations, including health workers, on professional posting.
b) Workers or transport service providers, including freight vehicle drivers, who transport goods for use in the territory.
c) Patients travelling for imperative medical reasons.
d) Assistance or care, for imperative reasons, to the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
e) Public representatives, diplomats, staff of international organizations and the persons invited by them whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of said organizations, the military and police, humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel, in the exercise of their functions.
f) Seafarers who arrive in the Canary Islands back from their campaign on board a ship or in transit to embark or disembark.
g) The crew of ships and aircraft that carry out passenger or freight traffic between the Canary Islands and other Autonomous Communities or countries.
h) Journalists on a professional posting.