CANARY ISLANDS WILL ALLOW INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS WITH ANTIGEN TESTS FROM TOMORROW
The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has signed a decree this afternoon (Wednesday) that will allow all international travellers to come to the Canary Islands with antigen test as an alternative to PCRs from all regions, including those considered as at ‘risk’.
The decree will enter into force tomorrow, Thursday December 10th, one day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), which is scheduled for today.
This has been announced by the regional Government in a press release sent to the media in which it appeals to its status as "delegated competent authority, from the outermost region, to the Statute of Autonomy and to the experience accumulated during five weeks with that formula of controls in tourist accommodation.”
The Canary Islands Government, after the Governing Council approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health last Thursday, will thus enable the use of rapid antigen detection tests according to their corresponding approval as well as the PCR.
A SYSTEM WITH “MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE” CONTROLS:
"The decree, which establishes the perimeter closure of the Autonomous Community (i.e. the Canary Islands), does not make it impossible for travellers to access it, but quite the opposite, as they are using this terminology to regulate a secure entrance with systems that are accessible and affordable for all," explains the regional government.
This decree, they continue, “is based on the powers derived from the State of Alarm, whose delegated competent authority is the regional president; in the condition of Ultraperipheral Region (RUP) that the Canary Islands have within the European Union, i.e. the geographical location of the islands; the Statute of Autonomy; the indications of the Public Health and microbiology technicians; and the accumulated experience with the tourist law decree that establishes the obligation to present an antigen test certificate or PCR with a negative result in regulated accommodation establishments in the Canary Islands.”
The regional Executive considers that "the pioneering system promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands has proven to be reliable", since during the last five weeks, “around 250,000 travellers have arrived in the Islands, with very few cases of tourists that tested positive.”
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THE CANARIAN GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE MINISTRY:
In addition, they add that "the Government of the Canary Islands maintains negotiations within the framework of an open understanding with the Ministry of Health in Madrid, to harmonize the regional standard with the national one," given that last Thursday when this measure was announced the spokesman for the regional Executive, Julio Pérez, recognized that it was going to be carried out in "visible difference of opinion" with the Ministry of Health.
In addition, the official note concludes, “today progress is being made in the regulations that will establish the controls of national travellers, in agreement with the Government of the Balearic Islands, as well as of Canarian residents in peninsular territory who plan to return to Canary Islands, especially during the Christmas holidays.”