Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Oct 17 (EFE) .- The Transport and Health departments of the Canary Government have designed an anticovid protocol to be followed by shipping companies that want their cruises to operate between the islands again from the next 5 November.
This strict health protocol, which the interested companies have agreed to comply with, and which aims to guarantee the safety of tourists and residents in the archipelago, includes insurance, medical equipment on board, consultation with health centers and hotels on each island in case of quarantine. , as reported in a statement by the Regional Ministry of Transport.
In this way, a negotiation started last summer has culminated, when several shipping companies approached the Government interested in activating the autumn-winter season of their cruises only between the Canarian ports.
The companies TUI Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises have been the first to obtain this authorization after both assuming, by means of a responsible declaration, full compliance with the health protocol established by the regional authorities.
Among the conditions that have been required of them is the need to subscribe an insurance policy to attend to possible incidents related to covid-19 among the passengers while they operate in the Canary Islands.
They have also been required to enter into agreements with hospitals and hotels on each of the islands in case it is necessary to activate a quarantine, in addition to a special hygiene plan for ships and the hiring of embarked health personnel.
The Canary Islands Government will only authorize this tourist activity to European companies, since the health protocols established by the EU are among the most demanding in the world.
In this sense, some five European cruise tourism companies have already been interested in the Canarian winter circuit.
In addition, cruise companies will be required to not exceed 60-70% of their ships capacity.
Another of the control measures set by the Government of the Canary Islands is to require shipping companies to give all travelers a diagnostic test (PCR or serological test) before arriving in the Canary Islands that demonstrate that they are negative for coronavirus.
In addition, cruise passengers must fill out a form that includes all their movements in the last 15 days before arriving in the Canary Islands to follow up in case of an incident and confirm if they have had any contact with people positive for coronavirus or if they have themselves tested positive in a recent diagnostic test.
The first ships that will make cruises between the islands will be the “Mein Schiff II”, from TUI and based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the “Europa II”, from Hapag Lloyd, based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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