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New first for Canaries as islands offer holidaymakers insurance cover if they catch coronavirus 

The Canary Islands have become the first region in Spain to have a travel insurance policy which would pay all the bills for tourists faced with coronavirus quarantine after a positive reading during their holiday.

The agreement will cover visitors, whether Spanish or foreigners, and will include medical expenses and any extension of their stay due to the isolation period.The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Canary Islands Government has signed an agreement with AXA Spain in a bid to provide greater security for holidaymakers. The Canary Islands thus becomes the first Spanish autonomous community to have such coverage. It will apply if a holidaymaker is tested positive after their arrival but only if they were negative on leaving their own country.

“With the subscription of this policy,  the Canary Islands advance further in their commitment to strengthen and increase the safety and tranquility of tourists,” said a spokesman. “In addition, Turismo de Canarias and AXA Spain coincide in pointing out that this travel assistance insurance constitutes one more attraction of the destination, which already stands out for its health security, before those people who are currently deciding where to spend their holidays.”As a result of this agreement, the AXA insurer will make available to the Canary Islands Government an exclusive telephone hotline to attend to any circumstance related to this policy.

The protection of tourists, Spaniards (including island ones) and foreigners through this insurance is effective from this  week and will initially be valid for 12 months, excluding the circumstances known before the start of the trip and under the conditions set by policy.