New blow for Brits heading for Canaries as Spain rules rapid coronavirus tests are NOT acceptable
British tourists travelling to the Canaries are facing travel confusion as the Spanish government is set to over-rule the controversial decision to allow international travellers entry to the islands on the back of rapid coronavirus tests.
Mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands say anyone entering the territory must have a full PCR negative test as part of their travel papers but the Canaries last week defied the national government, saying these tests were too expensive and prohibitive. Instead, the Canary government said it would accept travellers with negative antigen tests which are considerably cheaper than PCRs and “easier to obtain”. Island leaders said they had the power to control their own borders and make their own decisions about who could enter the Canaries and how and would not be dictated to by Spain.Now, however, there appears to be a head-on clash with the Spanish government, something the Canaries did not want as they felt agreement could be reached through amicable talks.
Spanish newspapers are reporting that Madrid WON’T allow the Canaries to make this decision and says only full PCR tests are acceptable, not rapid ones.And this afternoon, the British government updated its travel information for Spain by REMOVING details of the rapid antigen tests for the Canaries from the Foreign Office travel site.Further details are now awaited to clarify the position but Canary president, Angel Victor Torres says they will fight the intervention in the courts if necessary.
He says the rapid antigen tests “are not a whim” and is convinced they will win in the end.The Canary government says the issue has taken second place at the moment as the UK government has removed the islands off its safe air corridor, meaning Brits have to go into quarantine on their return to the UK.