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Spain’s Canary Islands will let foreign visitors enter with an antigen test

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The regional government of Spain’s Canary Islands announced on Wednesday that it would pass a decree allowing tourists to enter the territory with a negative antigen coronavirus test, which is relatively cheap and can be obtained quickly, rather than a PCR test, which is more expensive and takes longer for results to be obtained.

The plan was announced last week after a Cabinet meeting and is due to come into force today, Thursday. The scheme breaches requirements by the central Health Ministry in Madrid, which established the need for a negative PCR test on November 23. The regional government said it will take charge of controlling international arrivals in the archipelago, using the perimetral closure of the islands as a legal basis for doing so.

Sealing regional borders is permitted under the state of alarm that is currently in force, and which gives the country’s regions greater powers to restrict movement during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In this case, however, the legal recourse will be used to facilitate access to the islands, which are just beginning their tourism high season, rather than to restrict it.

The requirement for travelers to present a negative PCR test when entering Spanish territory has been a controversial one, given the high cost of such a procedure, in particular for families who are traveling, as well as the difficulty of securing a test and the results in the 72-hour time frame stipulated by the Spanish government.

On Wednesday, the Health Ministry announced it would be accepting so-called TMA tests, which are marginally cheaper and faster, as well as PCRs, and also exempted children aged under six from having to supply any kind of test result on arrival in Spain. The ministry is not, however, considering allowing antigen tests for the moment. Until now, travelers coming from the rest of Spain to the Canary Islands have been allowed to present an antigen test rather than a PCR.

Speaking last Thursday at a press conference, the Canary Islands’ government spokesperson Julio Pérez sought to avoid any controversy over the decision to allow antigen tests, despite the decree “contradicting” the state requirements for PCR results. “The Canarian government is maintaining negotiations in the framework of open understanding with the Health Ministry to harmonize the regional rules with the national ones,” stated the press release about the new measure.

The region said it believes that the “pioneering system put in place by the Canarian government has proven to be trustworthy,” given that in the last five weeks, “during which around 250,000 travelers have arrived on the islands, there have been very few cases of tourists who were positive.” The system referred to is the requirement for visitors to also present a negative antigen or PCR test before they can take up their accommodation while on the islands.

Sources from the regional government added that the decree, “which establishes the perimetral closure of the region, does not cut off travelers’ access to the same, but rather regulates their safe entry with systems that are accessible and affordable.”

Last Thursday, the regional government also announced that it would pay for PCR or antigen tests – preferably in the point of origin – for Canarian residents who were returning to the islands to spend the Christmas holiday there. The measure, the region stated, aimed to “provide the greatest safety and thus protect relatives and the population” of the region. “We want students to return, but having been tested, thus minimizing the risk of infection. These measures do not relieve them of complying with the rest of the rules, such as safe distances, etc.” the spokesperson pointed out.

 

Read from source: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-12-10/spains-canary-islands-will-let-foreign-visitors-enter-with-an-antigen-test.html

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ITB BERLIN: WORLD’S LARGEST TOURISM FAIR TO BE HELD ONLINE

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tourism– For the third time in a row, the tourism fair ITB Berlin is cancelled due to the Corona pandemic – this time, the high incidences and the virus variant Omicron thwart the plans of the ITB organizers.

Instead of the planned face-to-face trade show that should run from March 9 to 13, 2022, the tourism fair will now be held digitally.

The current pandemic situation and the associated tightened travel restrictions as well as the limitation of participants at major events would lead to a lack of planning certainty. Therefore, the events would be streamed either from March 8 or March 9-11, 2022. The exact start date has yet to be clarified.

“Of course, we also considered postponing ITB Berlin to summer, but after consulting with our partners we left it at the beginning of March, which is an important date for the travel industry, as the summer months represent the main operational phase for travel and tourism,” commented Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin.

With digital offerings such as congress streaming and the Digital Business Day, as well as new regional travel events throughout the year, the industry will nevertheless be offered a high level of technically exciting content and new business opportunities in 2022. The focus will also be on how the industry can make itself more crisis-proof in the future and better prepare for future pandemics and serious events.

There will be no virtual trade show booths as at ITB 2022. A roadshow with several “small ITBs” in various cities in Europe is planned for the course of the year. However, the exact dates and locations have not yet been determined. All exhibitors for the large presence trade show in March would receive their deposits back in full and tickets already booked would also be refunded.

Besides going digital with ITB, Messe Berlin has responded to the current corona situation by canceling other events as well including the International Green Week 2022 and postponing Fruit Logistica. The exhibition company will do not hold any major events of its own in January and February 2022. The Green Week should have taken place from January 21st to 30th. Fruit Logistica has been postponed from February 9th to 11th to April 5th to 7th, 2022.
Both events are leading international trade fairs with global significance in their respective sectors and traditionally mark the start of the Berlin trade fair year.

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ITB BERLIN: WORLD’S LARGEST TOURISM FAIR TO BE HELD ONLINE

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tourism– For the third time in a row, the tourism fair ITB Berlin is cancelled due to the Corona pandemic – this time, the high incidences and the virus variant Omicron thwart the plans of the ITB organizers.

Instead of the planned face-to-face trade show that should run from March 9 to 13, 2022, the tourism fair will now be held digitally.

The current pandemic situation and the associated tightened travel restrictions as well as the limitation of participants at major events would lead to a lack of planning certainty. Therefore, the events would be streamed either from March 8 or March 9-11, 2022. The exact start date has yet to be clarified.

“Of course, we also considered postponing ITB Berlin to summer, but after consulting with our partners we left it at the beginning of March, which is an important date for the travel industry, as the summer months represent the main operational phase for travel and tourism,” commented Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin.

With digital offerings such as congress streaming and the Digital Business Day, as well as new regional travel events throughout the year, the industry will nevertheless be offered a high level of technically exciting content and new business opportunities in 2022. The focus will also be on how the industry can make itself more crisis-proof in the future and better prepare for future pandemics and serious events.

There will be no virtual trade show booths as at ITB 2022. A roadshow with several “small ITBs” in various cities in Europe is planned for the course of the year. However, the exact dates and locations have not yet been determined. All exhibitors for the large presence trade show in March would receive their deposits back in full and tickets already booked would also be refunded.

Besides going digital with ITB, Messe Berlin has responded to the current corona situation by canceling other events as well including the International Green Week 2022 and postponing Fruit Logistica. The exhibition company will do not hold any major events of its own in January and February 2022. The Green Week should have taken place from January 21st to 30th. Fruit Logistica has been postponed from February 9th to 11th to April 5th to 7th, 2022.
Both events are leading international trade fairs with global significance in their respective sectors and traditionally mark the start of the Berlin trade fair year.

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ITB BERLIN: WORLD’S LARGEST TOURISM FAIR TO BE HELD ONLINE

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tourism– For the third time in a row, the tourism fair ITB Berlin is cancelled due to the Corona pandemic – this time, the high incidences and the virus variant Omicron thwart the plans of the ITB organizers.

Instead of the planned face-to-face trade show that should run from March 9 to 13, 2022, the tourism fair will now be held digitally.

The current pandemic situation and the associated tightened travel restrictions as well as the limitation of participants at major events would lead to a lack of planning certainty. Therefore, the events would be streamed either from March 8 or March 9-11, 2022. The exact start date has yet to be clarified.

“Of course, we also considered postponing ITB Berlin to summer, but after consulting with our partners we left it at the beginning of March, which is an important date for the travel industry, as the summer months represent the main operational phase for travel and tourism,” commented Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin.

With digital offerings such as congress streaming and the Digital Business Day, as well as new regional travel events throughout the year, the industry will nevertheless be offered a high level of technically exciting content and new business opportunities in 2022. The focus will also be on how the industry can make itself more crisis-proof in the future and better prepare for future pandemics and serious events.

There will be no virtual trade show booths as at ITB 2022. A roadshow with several “small ITBs” in various cities in Europe is planned for the course of the year. However, the exact dates and locations have not yet been determined. All exhibitors for the large presence trade show in March would receive their deposits back in full and tickets already booked would also be refunded.

Besides going digital with ITB, Messe Berlin has responded to the current corona situation by canceling other events as well including the International Green Week 2022 and postponing Fruit Logistica. The exhibition company will do not hold any major events of its own in January and February 2022. The Green Week should have taken place from January 21st to 30th. Fruit Logistica has been postponed from February 9th to 11th to April 5th to 7th, 2022.
Both events are leading international trade fairs with global significance in their respective sectors and traditionally mark the start of the Berlin trade fair year.

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