PCR or negative antigen test to travel between islands this Easter in the Canary Islands


Travelers at the Gran Canaria airport.

Travelers at the Gran Canaria airport.
Jose Carlos Guerra

Specific restriction measures for Easter week in Canary Islands They will be in force from 00.00 hours on Friday, March 26 until 24 hours on April 9, announced this Thursday the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, after the celebration of the Governing Council.

You will not be able to travel between islands, regardless of the epidemiological alert levels in which each one is, unless a negative PCR or antigen test is available, in order to reinforce protection against Covid-19. Mobility in the Archipelago will be allowed in the agreed exceptions, but otherwise it will be necessary to have a negative infection test, which the regional Executive will not pay, clarified Trujillo.

In the case of passengers from the Peninsula, they must also have a negative PCR and residents of the islands, such as students, may return.

For Easter it is also established that meetings are limited to cohabiting people and food delivery can be served until midnight.

Change of levels

Gran Canaria rises from the current reinforced level 2 to 3 alert for coronavirus, said Trujillo. Although the growth of new daily infections by Covid in Gran Canaria is “muffled, however, it is bullish and it is necessary to stop it,” he said.

The islands of Tenerife and Fuerteventura also go up to level 3, which like Gran Canaria are in the 2 reinforced. The increase in cases in these last two islands is greater than in Gran Canaria, although in the case of Fuerteventura there is concern about the hospital pressure that has led to the implementation of the contingency plan at the General Hospital of Fuerteventura.

This measure in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura will enter in force at 00:00 on Sunday, March 21.

Among the novelties of level 3, the gyms will be able to remain open with 33% capacity, use of a mask, separation of 2 meters and groups of no more than 4 people including the monitor.

With regard to Lanzarote, it will continue in 2 and if it continues satisfactorily, “in a short time it would drop to 1,” said the Minister of Health. In number 1, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro remain.

(There will be enlargement)

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