Plans for Brits to use cheap rapid Covid tests on entry to Canary Islands are scrapped, following ruling by Spain

BRITISH tourists travelling to the Canaries are facing travel confusion, as the Spanish government is set to overrule a decision allowing travellers entry to the islands on the back of rapid coronavirus tests.

Mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands say anyone entering the territory must have a full PCR negative test as part of their travel papers.

But last week, the Canaries defied the national government, saying these tests were too expensive and prohibitive.

Instead, the Canary government said it would accept travellers with negative antigen tests, which are considerably cheaper than PCRs and "easier to obtain". 

Island leaders said they had the power to control their own borders and make their own decisions about who could enter the Canaries.

But there appears to be a head-on clash with the Spanish government, with Spanish newspapers reporting that Madrid won't allow the Canaries to make this decision.

Yesterday, the the British Foreign Office updated its travel information for Spain by removing details of the rapid antigen tests for the Canaries from its travel site.

Further details are now awaited to clarify the position but Canary president, Angel Victor Torres says they will fight the intervention in the courts if necessary.

He says the rapid antigen tests "are not a whim" and is convinced they will win in the end.

Tourists arriving for their winter holidays have been complaining that the "extortionate" price is more than than their plane tickets.

One Ryanair passenger who was returning to Mallorca from Germany said she had to pay £80 for a PCR test but her flight had only cost £60.

"It doesn't seem right to me," she said.

Tourists arriving in the Canaries echoed the complaints, with one Brit,  Stuart Moore telling Spanish newspaper El Dia after touching down in Tenerife: "It is an excessive measure for tourists."

He said he and his girlfriend were spending a week on the island and had to pay £240 for the coronavirus tests in England.

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