In a bold move, The Canary Islands government has signed a deal with insurers AXA to provide insurance cover for all visitors, foreign and domestic, visiting the islands, which guarantees to cover medical costs if they contract Covid 19 while on the islands, as well as covering the costs of extended quarantine periods, and if necessary, for health repatriation.

The agreement was signed by tourism minister Yaiza Castilla, on behalf of the tourism department, and comes into effect this week and will last a period of one year.

The Canary Islands are the first autonomous region of Spain to take this step and consider it another pillar in the aim for the islands to become one of the world’s safest destinations.

The cover guarantees medical expenses, health repatriation and prolongation of stays by quarantine related to Covid-19, to comply with a mandatory confinement as a result of a positive test. The stipulation is that travellers must not know they have Covid prior to travel.

The cover is automatic for all travellers and does not need to be subscribed to. It is for stays of a maximum of 30 days and applies to people staying in regulated tourist accommodation on the island. The maximum quarantine is for 15 days, and immediate family are also covered for any quarantine period up to 15 days.

This is not a full travel insurance policy and only covers expenses relating to contracting Covid 19 while on the islands. Travellers are advised to continue to use their EHIC cards for emergency treatment, if they are EU citizens, and to have adequate travel insurance and  medical cover as appropriate.

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