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Canaries takes out 'Covid protection' insurance for tourists to 'reassure visitors they are safe'
06 August 2020 @ 18:07

IN A BID to attract tourists this summer, the Canary Island government has taken out a multi-billion insurance policy to cover holidaymakers' expenses if they contract Covid-19 whilst visiting.

Applicable to foreigners on short stays in the islands and also to Spaniards and Spanish residents travelling there on a staycation – even those living in the same region - the travel assistance policy, underwritten by AXA España, has a sum insured of €450,000 which pays for all medical care and testing costs, repatriation, and necessary extension of stay for quarantine requirements for any tourist who tests positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

An exclusion applies to any case of Covid-19 known about by the holidaymaker before setting off for the Canary Islands, but there is no policy excess.

It comes into force for all visitors this week, and is valid up to and including December 31 this year.

Regional minister for tourism Yaiza Castilla says the cover is 'yet another step' in the Canaries' 'commitment to reinforcing and increasing safety and peace of mind' among tourists heading for the islands this summer.

She hopes it will also serve to 'regain the confidence of British holidaymakers', whose numbers have fallen almost to nothing nationwide thanks to the UK government's decision to impose a fortnight's quarantine on all travellers returning from Spain, even resident Britons coming back from their summer beach break.


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