***NB This post was last updated 23 October. On 26 October the Canarian Government announced THIS new rule requiring tests for arrivals***
Updated 5pm, 23/10: Here is the British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, on the new situation with the Canaries exempt from British no fly advice, and therefore with quarantine lifted on return to the UK. As you will see, there is no mention of tests. The only thing visitors have to do is fill out the locator form … and abide by the rules when here. The three main ones are face masks, distancing, and hygiene. Here’s the ambassador.
🇬🇧 The UK Goverment has today announced that The Canary Islands 🇪🇸 will be added to the travel corridors list from 4am on Sunday 25th of October. You will still be required to show a passenger locator form, you can find the form at 👉https://t.co/pnnRKZEvGU pic.twitter.com/QYGx8NiLt5
— UK in Spain (@ukinspain) October 22, 2020
Original post 23 October: It appears that the tabloid press in the UK has said that covid tests are required for travellers here. I have now lost count of the enquiries I’ve had about this and so will say here that this is incorrect. I’ll now just link to this post for any future enquiries.
The situation is that before the UK Government took everyone by surprise yesterday and announced that the Canaries would be removed from the no travel advisory list, the Canarian and Spanish authorities have been working on ideas for getting the UK and Germany to restore travel corridors. The idea for tests was part of the attempt to get them to do so, and they have now done so anyway, without a need for tests.
Aena, the airports authority had anyway said that it was not prepared to allow testing centres to be set up in its airports, nor to become responsible for health matters of travellers, and so the Canarian Government has turned to the hotels. It has, after all, been the hospitality sector which has been loudest in its calls for travel corridors to save the winter season. The hotels, however, have also said no to testing.
The Canarian Government, therefore, today and it says for the next few days, will be revising and working through its plan, possibly in the form of proposed legislation, as to what if anything might be done, and what might need to be done, who will be responsible for it … and not least in importance, who’ll pay for it. Until a decision is made, the system remains as I describe HERE, where travellers into the Canaries have to fill out a form in advance, and be heat screened by camera and pass visual inspection … both of which are done without passengers even realising.
There are no tests, anywhere, of any sort, at any point. At the moment. If this changes, I will update the New Normal post.