In a bid to attract much-needed tourism, the regional government of the Canary Islands has announced that it will cover all coronavirus-related costs of visitors to the archipelago who contract the disease, regardless of whether they are Spaniards or citizens of other countries.
Under the terms of the insurance deal struck by regional authorities with AXA España for €450,000, any tourist who tests positive for Covid-19 during their stay in the Canaries will be eligible for free medical treatment, travel assistance, repatriation and additional accommodation due to mandatory quarantine measures.
Only visitors with no prior knowledge that they were Covid-19 positive will be eligible, and the policy will only be activated if the tourist does not have any personal insurance to cover the costs.
Spain’s tourism industry continues to feel the impact of the coronavirus.
According new figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE), almost 205,000 international visitors arrived in Spain in June, a drop of 97.7% from the same month in 2019.