Canary Islands welcome German tourists with Covid-19 tests

The Canary Islands are planning to welcome thousands of German tourists later this month before Spain's borders officially reopen, but want the visitors to be tested for the coronavirus, a source in the archipelago’s government said cited by Reuters. The plan, which still needs a green light from Madrid, follows an initiative by the Balearic Islands, which will start welcoming German tourists on Monday, but without a test.

“It’s the most reliable system for minimising risk,” the regional government source told Reuters, and the plan was to welcome up to 9,300 German tourists in the second half of June. The source said it had not yet been decided if testing would be done before people travel or on arrival.

The nearly 11,000 German tourists allowed to visit the Balearic Islands from Monday will have to provide health information and contact details and will face temperature checks on arrival, but will not undergo quarantine or testing.

The Canary and Balearic Islands are among the Spanish regions least affected by the virus, with around 2,000 confirmed cases each. Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said last week that the government was working on a contact-tracing app to be used in both archipelagos and which could be rolled out across the country.

A Spanish government source told Reuters that there were no talks on a travel corridor with Britain, where the pandemic is substantially worse than in Germany.

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