Canaries call for new European tax to pay for coronavirus tests at all airports, including Spain
The Canary Islands are calling for a new European tax to help pay for coronavirus tests on holidaymakers before they leave and on their arrival in all airports, including Spain.
Regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres
has called on the European Aviation Safety Agency to introduce the new fee.
He said it “wouldn’t be an easy
decision” but there were already other countries doing this and it should
become the norm across Europe.
Mr. Torres has asked Spanish Prime Minister,
Pedro Sanchez to raise the idea with the Agency so that tests could be put into
place in all European airports. How the tax would be collected has not been
specified as it could fall on the airlines or passed by them onto the traveller
via ticket prices.
The Canary Islands, Mr. Torres stressed,
considered it essential to implement these tests for passengers to guarantee
health safety whilst travelling and thus encourage the tourist market.
” These tests on passengers, which could
be paid for with this European tax, would help keep the situation under control
until there is an effective vaccine against the virus,” said the Canary
The islands have been pressing for coronavirus
tests for holidaymakers for months and Spanish hoteliers have even agreed to
pay for them.
Mr. Torres said ten days ago that passengers
might even be prepared to pay for the tests themselves which he estimated to be
about 20 euros a time.
He also revealed today that he believes the UK
government will lift its quarantine for Brits returning home from the Canaries
in the next few days.