Canaries impose new travel limits to safeguard the islands from coronavirus
The Canary Islands is proposing to limit the entry into the archipelago of passengers by air from the rest of Spain.
It is also proposing that only ships with merchandise are allowed to arrive from the peninsula.
The proposal made by Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing, Sebastián Franquis limits the connections of the islands with the rest of the country to 17 daily flights, compared to the current 115, and travellers who want to enter the Canary Islands will be required to make a responsible statement in which it is clear that their transfer is for just cause, such as return home, to care for family members, work or a situation of need.
In addition, all passengers arriving in the Canary Islands from the rest of Spain will have to pass a health check with the taking of body temperature. Flights leaving the islands to other parts of the country or Europe will have no restrictions
These complementary measures to protect the public health of residents of the islands in terms of mobility and transportation have been made to the Government of Spain for its endorsement.
“The measures are considered essential since practically all the infections on the islands are due to imported cases, the degree of impact of each of the islands being different. Therefore, it is necessary to articulate specific measures to take advantage of the opportunity and ease that the characteristics of insularity offer to control the entry of the virus into this territory and its spread among the different islands. These measures should also seek to mitigate the economic impact on transport operators, without diminishing their effect on the protection of the health of citizens,” said a spokesman for the Canary Government.
*During the validity of the alarm state, the access of people to each of the islands of the Canary archipelago is restricted, regardless of the place of origin and the means of transport, which will be limited to the following circumstances:
Guarantee the supply of goods and services to the population.
Assistance to health centres, services and establishments.
Travel to the workplace to carry out your work, professional or business provision.
Return to the habitual place of residence.
Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
Due to a major emergency or a situation of need.
The airlines will collect the corresponding responsible statement from the passengers about the reason for the trip, and will keep it at the disposal of the regional authorities.
- Round-trip flights between the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Lanzarote, and the rest of the Spanish State are restricted to the daily frequencies and airports listed below, limiting such flights to 50% of its capacity. This prohibition will not apply to State aircraft, exclusively cargo flights, positional, humanitarian, medical or emergency flights.
- The temperature will be taken of all passengers from the mainland by air, reporting to the health authorities in the event that fever is detected.
- General aviation flights not subject to a public contract or public service obligations to or from the Canary Islands are prohibited. This prohibition will not apply to State aircraft, exclusively cargo flights, positional, humanitarian, medical or emergency flights.
- Flight departures from airports in the Canary Islands are allowed without restrictions to facilitate the return of tourists and foreign residents to their places of origin.
*The circulation of recreational, private or charter boats of any origin, both national and from third countries, is prohibited within the Canary Islands. There will also be restrictions on boats and ferries.
The ratio of daily flights that are allowed, a total of 17 compared to the current 115, are specified in the following:
2 round-trip connections from Gran Canaria and 2 from Tenerife north to Madrid
2 round-trip flights between Gran Canaria and 2 from Tenerife North with Barcelona.
1 round trip flight between Gran Canaria and 1 from Tenerife North with Bilbao.
1 round trip flight between Gran Canaria and 1 from Tenerife North with Seville.
1 round trip flight between the South of Tenerife and Madrid.
1 round-trip flight between Fuerteventura, La Palma and Lanzarote and Madrid.
1 round trip flight between Lanzarote and Barcelona.
However, the proposal contemplates that, without restrictions, flight departures from airports in the Canary Islands are allowed to facilitate the return of tourists and foreign residents to their places of origin.