Canaries get approval for new ferry and boat services
Spain has approved, at the request of the Canary Islands Government, the transportation of passengers by ferry from the peninsula.
The Official State Gazette today publishes the Ministerial
Order in which, in addition, nautical tourism vessels are allowed to navigate
with the limitation of not leaving the base island and with 50% of the
occupation of the ships.
This travel had been paralysed since the entry into force of
the mobility restrictions approved in mid-March to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus or COVID-19 in the Canary Islands.
The Ministerial Order, signed by the Minister of Health
Salvador Illa, announces the restoration of the provision of maritime service
between the peninsula and the archipelago, which authorises the embarkation and
disembarkation of passengers and vehicles on the Canarian ports that connect
the maritime lines of both territories. This Ministerial Order, which is valid
during phases 2 and 3 of the de-escalation, authorises these transfers as long
as the passengers comply with the circulation assumptions set forth in article
7.1 of Royal Decree 463/2020 (labour, health reasons, return to the place of
origin or force majeure), and submit a responsible declaration before boarding.
With this Order it will no longer be necessary, as was the case until now, to
request a special authorisation from the Government Delegation in the Canary
Islands to travel as a passenger on ferries between the peninsula and the
This Ministerial Order published today also regulates the
activity of nautical tourism companies, at the request of the Autonomous Community
of the Canary Islands, to establish in the Archipelago a 50% limitation on the
occupation of ships or boats that carry out this activity. In addition, tourist
transport boats are only allowed to navigate and anchor in the waters adjacent
to the territorial unit of reference, in the case of the Canary Islands, to the
island where it has its base port.
The Ministerial Order also states that recreational
navigation is allowed although with different requirements depending on the
phase in which each island is. In this way, the islands that still remain in
Phase 2, recreational navigation is allowed to people who are on the same
island where the boat is moored, and a number of people who exceed 75% of the
people authorised in the certificates of the boat, except in the case of people
who live at the same address in which case one hundred percent may be reached,
provided that in both cases the number of people on board the boat or ship does
not exceed ten.
Also for the islands in Phase 2, it will be possible to
rent, including in nautical leasing, boats or pleasure boats, jet skis and
nautical recreational devices, by people who are on the same island where the
rental companies are located. .
These activities that are allowed in Phase 2 are limited to
navigation in the waters adjacent to the island where the base port of the boat
is, so they will not be able to move from one island to another.
These limitations disappear in those islands that are
already in phase 3 (La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) where all
recreational nautical activities are allowed, with no limitations other than
those that generally govern, such as those of a character nature. territorial
and the adoption of preventive sanitary measures.
In all the activities planned for Phase 3, in which it is
expected that among the entire Archipelago next Monday, June 8, disinfection
measures and reinforcement of health and hygiene standards must be adopted in
pleasure boats and vessels, motorcycles nautical and recreational nautical