With the deadline fast approaching the Madrid government has not approved the Canary Islands request to allow Antigen tests for tourists from next Monday.
From Monday the 23rd of November tourists arriving in Spain from countries with high incidence Covid levels will need to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours or less before arrival in Spain. Fines of up to €6,000 can be applied for anyone arriving without a PCR test.
Up to this week, the Canary Islands have been accepting Antigen tests. The cost of an Antigen test can be as low as €30. The results are also a lot quicker than a PCR test.
The Canary Islands Govt is still in negotiations with the central government in Madrid regarding Covid tests. They hope by Dec 01st they can have tests that give security and are accessible and affordable. That means Antigen tests. Currently, the more expensive PCR is needed.
Hotel and Apartment occupancy hit just 26% in October. November will be worse as some key European markets went into Covid lockdown. The islands had been hoping for some recovery in December for Christmas as countries emerge from lockdown.
The Islands say they have received a lot of cancellations this week due to the high cost of the PCR tests. PCR tests for an average family could add up to €600 to a holiday.
The Canary Islands have one of the lowest Covid rates in Europe.
Just 1 tourist from Poland tested positive last week after taken an Antigen test on arrival at their accommodation. They were asymptomatic.