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New Covid insurance pledge for Brits holidaying in the Canary Islands 

Tourists who catch or develop coronavirus whilst on holiday in the Canary Islands will continue to be protected by the islands’ special insurance cover, the regional government has announced.

The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, through the public company Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias, has extended the agreement it signed a year ago with the insurer AXA.

The agreement was initially for one year but the  Ministry has already put out to tender a new contract for the insurance.

Until this contract is resolved, Turismo de Canarias has decided to extend the assistance policy contracted with AXA. 

“Our visitors are not going to be left unprotected at any time. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have made an effort to transfer and consolidate the security image of our destination, on which we continue to work every day, ” says the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla.

The Canary Islands was the first autonomous community to offer insurance for tourists who did not know they were infected by Covid when they embarked on their trip or to those who were infected during their stay on the islands. The policy includes medical expenses, repatriation and an extension of the stay in the Canary Islands so that visitors can complete the quarantine period.

“Our goal is to strengthen the reputation of the archipelago as a safe tourist destination while projecting internationally a reinforcement of this reality, which has always been one of our great assets,” said Yaiza Castilla.

This insurance is in addition to other measures adopted by the Ministry, which in the first weeks of the pandemic began to launch the Canarias Fortaleza project to support the adaptation of the tourism sector to the new health environment. 

“We were able to project in the different markets of origin the guarantee of combining multiple positive attributes as a safe tourist destination for Europe,” the tourism minister added.

Extensive coronavirus regulations are still in force in the Canaries, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria both placed on the highest level of alert due to a sharp rise in Delta variant cases.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 434 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19. The total accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 85,984 with 15,568 active, of which 99 are admitted to the ICU and 475 remain hospitalised.On Tuesday, three more deaths were reported: a 58-year-old woman in Tenerife and two 92 and 83-year-old men in Gran Canaria, both linked to family outbreaks. All the deceased suffered from previous pathologies and remained admitted to the hospital.

The accumulated incidence at seven days in the Canary Islands stands at 185.57 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and at 14 days in 439.53 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.