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The Coronavirus test for holidaymakers arriving in the Canary Islands

Updated: 1.11.2020

The Government of the Canary Islands has published the law on Coronavirus testing for holidaymakers . It obliges holidaymakers to undergo the Covid-19 test. The decree came into force on 14 November 2020.

Conditions of access to tourist accommodations in the Canary Islands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to access tourist accommodations in the Canary Islands, holidaymakers over the age of six who do not come from the territory of the Canary Islands must prove that they have taken the diagnostic test for active infection established by the health authorities within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to their arrival, and that the holidaymaker has not tested positive for COVID-19.

The condition of access referred to in the first paragraph shall not be applicable to those who accredit their condition of residence in the Canary Islands, and who declare under their responsibility that they have not left the territory of the Canary Islands within 15 days prior to their arrival at the accommodation, and that furthermore during said period they have not experienced symptoms compatible with the COVID-19.

Neither will it be necessary to demonstrate that the aforementioned diagnostic test has been carried out on non-residents who can prove with their travel document that they have stayed in the territory of the Canary Islands for 15 days prior to the date of access to the tourist accommodation, and who also declare under their responsibility that during that period they have not experienced any symptoms compatible with the COVID-19.

The tourist accommodation will deny access to the person who does not comply with the applicable conditions. Notwithstanding the above, where the reason for refusal of access is the absence of such a diagnostic test, the accommodation operator shall inform the person of the places in the vicinity of the accommodation facility where he or she could be tested, or offer the possibility of such testing in the accommodation facility at the expense of the holidaymaker.

The holidaymaker may freely accredit the performance of the diagnostic test within the indicated period by providing a certificate, either telematically or on paper, which states the date and time of the test, the identity of the person who has undergone it, the laboratory responsible for its verification and its nature, as well as the negative result.

Tourist accommodations in the Canary Islands must keep at the disposal of the health authorities the documentation accrediting compliance by the client with the conditions of access to the accommodation.

The Directorate-General for Public Health of the Spanish Ministry of Health has approved a resolution on health checks to be carried out at entry points into Spain, which came into force on 23 November 2020.

Under this resolution, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must undergo a health check before entering the country. These checks may include taking a temperature, a documentary check and a visual check on the passenger's condition.

Passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must undergo a temperature check, which will be carried out routinely in order to identify travellers with a fever. A temperature of 37.5ºC or higher is established as the detection limit.

As far as documentary control is concerned, all passengers leaving from any airport or port outside Spain must fill in a public health form called "Health Control Form" before departure, through the website, or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application. Its content differs depending on whether the trip is by air or by sea.

All passengers coming from a country or area of risk listed in Annex II, who intend to enter Spain, must have an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (hereinafter PDIA) for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, carried out within seventy-two hours prior to arrival in Spain.

As part of the documentary control carried out at the entry points, the passenger may be asked, at any time, to prove the result of the PDIA. The supporting document must be the original, written in Spanish and/or English and may be presented in paper or electronic format. The document shall contain at least the following data: name of the traveller, passport number or national identity card number (which must coincide with that used in the Health Control Form), date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre carrying out the analysis, technique used and negative test result. The PDIA for SARS-CoV-2 admitted is the PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR). Until its harmonised use is accepted in the European Union, other diagnostic tests such as rapid antibody tests, rapid antigen detection tests or high performance serologies (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be admitted.

You can read the full text here: BOE-A-2020-14049

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