Travelling to the Canary Islands but scared to test COVID-19 positive upon arrival? Don’t worry, their free insurance cover will bare all your medical and quarantine expenses. By Tanvi Jain
The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands has recently closed an agreement with AXA Spain for the subscription of a travel assistance policy, which will be applicable to all tourists — both foreign as well as national — visiting the islands.
The agreement has been signed between the Canary Islands’ Department of Tourism and AXA Insurance, with an objective of responding to COVID-19 related incidents, such as any need for prolonged stays for quarantine purpose.
With this agreement, Canary Islands has become the first Spanish Autonomous Community where tourists can have travel assistance coverage with a guarantee of medical expenses, health repatriation and prolongation of stays due to quarantine, to comply with mandatory confinement, in case they are tested positive for COVID-19.
“The Canary Islands makes further progress in their commitment to strengthen and increase the safety and tranquillity of tourists,” said Yaiza Castilla, Regional Councilor and CEO of Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias, as she signed the agreement.
“Trust and safety. Two keywords in current tourism and that has been reflected in our decision, since @TourismCanarias, of subscribing travel insurance for contingencies of our tourists and of which the world press has widely echoed,” she tweeted.
As a result of this agreement, the insurer AXA will make an exclusive telephone service line available to the Government of Canary Islands in order to attend to any circumstances related to this policy. However, this insurance which comes into effect this week will initially be valid for 12 months and will be free to all the visitors.
However, those already aware of having COVID-19 before the travel, or those who already have personal travel insurance will not be given the cover.
The Canary Islands though were the least affected in the COVID-19 hit Spain, but the pandemic took a toll on its tourism business. However, the country is now getting back to normalcy and making efforts to revive its lost tourism.