Lanzarote airport enables a space for PCR testing to international travellers

2020/11/19 11:22:08 Written by Canarian Weekly Lanzarote

Lanzarote airport has confirmed that they are setting up an area in arrivals in Terminal 1, to carry out PCR tests on international passengers who arrive on a flight without a negative test result as of Monday, as reported by Aena

This space is scheduled to go into operation as from Monday, November 23rd, which is when the State measure comes into force, requiring all passengers from risk countries to have a negative PCR test result to enter the island, which has been carried out in the previous 72 hours of arriving in Spain and it’s territories.

An Aena press release said that “it should already be verified at the origin of the flight that passengers are coming with the test already done, but we will check this on arrival just in case.” However, in the event that a traveller lands without this proof, Aena will give "notice to the authorities".

If this is the case, the passenger will be eligible for a hefty fine and be obliged to pay for a test at the airport. According to the BOE of November 12th, in which the resolution of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health was published regarding the health controls to be carried out at the points of entry into Spain, it established that, in the event of non-compliance, the system of infractions and sanctions contemplated in Title VI of Law 33/2011, of October 4, General of Public Health, will be applied. This means that fines apply of between 3,001 to 60,000 euros for this breach of regulations.

Also, passengers must make sure they have the correct digital or paper certificate of proof of the PCR test, as the BOE also establishes that those passengers who do not adequately accredit the performance of a PCR with a negative result, must undergo the diagnostic test determined by the Foreign Health services. Similarly, those passengers who, after carrying out the temperature, visual or documentary controls, are suspected of suffering from Covid-19, must undergo a test also.

The legislation for ALL travellers entering Spain (including the Canary Islands) from a risk country and needing to show a negative test result comes into effect on Monday. It is expected that after the EU Commission recommended Antigen tests to be included in this as well as PCR to facilitate cross-border travel, this will be agreed in the next few days.