Thursday 10/28/21

Canary Islands provides tourists medical insurance against Covid-19

The regional authorities intend to reinforce and increase the safety and tranquility of tourists.

A woman wearing a face mask watches people sunbathing on the Las Canteras beach as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase two, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island of Gran Canaria, Spain May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
A woman wearing a face mask watches people sunbathing on the Las Canteras beach in May. Photo: Borja Suarez/Reuters.

The government of the Canary Islands in Spain has signed an agreement with the insurance company AXA Spain to provide a travel insurance to all tourists who visit the archipelago, whether foreign or national, in order to respond to any unwanted events related to Covid-19.

The Canary Islands thus becomes the first Spanish Autonomous Community in which tourists will have travel assistance coverage. In the unfortunate event of a Covid-19 infection, the agreement ensures patients will have ensured all related medical expenses, as well as repatriation and extension of stays due to quarantine-related regulations.

However, the insurance will not cover the coronavirus cases diagnosed prior to travel.

In the words of the regional Minister of Tourism Yaiza Castilla, with this policy the government of the Canary Islands intend to go further in their commitment to reinforce and increase the safety and peace of mind of visitors.

An additional attraction for tourists

The archipelago regional authorities and AXA Spain expect that this specific assistance insurance in case of Covid-19 infection will constitute an extra attraction for those people who are currently still deciding where to spend their holidays.

The protection of foreign visitors through this insurance policy enters into force from this week and will be valid for 12 months. It will cover all visitors who did not know they had the virus and do not have a personal insurance to cover the costs.

The agreement was signed by Minister Yaiza Castilla on behalf of the public company Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias of which she is CEO. The insurance company AXA Seguros was represented by its regional director, Auxiliadora Expósito.