Tui starts "Do it yourself corona tests"

Corona rapid test at Vienna Airport (Photo: Granit Pireci).
Corona rapid test at Vienna Airport (Photo: Granit Pireci).

Tui starts "Do it yourself corona tests"

Corona rapid test at Vienna Airport (Photo: Granit Pireci).
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The German tour operator Tui has recently started offering antigen tests over the Internet for people who want to travel to the Canary Islands. These are quick tests carried out by travelers at home. The prescribed advice from medical staff is available on the Internet, for example by video call. If the test is negative, a certificate should be sent by email.

TUI manager Hubert Kluske claims that the results of this procedure are recognized by the Spanish authorities. However, the regulations currently still state that a negative PCR result must be submitted from November 14, 2020. Alternatively, the test can also be carried out in Spain. To what extent the tour operator's antigen test should serve as a substitute is unclear. However, in contrast to Germany, Spain and Greece are openly receptive to antigen tests in travel. Changes to the provisions that lead to the recognition of antigen results can therefore not be ruled out.

Tui relies on "do it yourself" with online advice from medical staff. Specifically, this means that travelers should carry out their own quick test at home and be advised and “supervised” by medical staff via webcam, for example. However, it is doubtful whether this will work smoothly in all cases. In Germany it has already been loosely stipulated that rapid antigen tests are not to be carried out by yourself, but by medical specialists. However, the approach of Tui AG shows that the industry is feverishly looking for solutions to keep tourism going. From November 14, 2020, the Canary Islands require the submission of a negative corona test, which must not be older than 72 hours. This must also be presented upon check-in at the hotel. Alternatively - as mentioned - test options can also be used in Spain, but for a fee. Germany is the only region in Spain that no longer regards the Canary Islands as a risk area, so that no quarantine is required when re-entering the country. Austria did not issue a travel warning to this group of islands, but it did to the rest of the country.

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  • emmdee, 10. November 2020 @ 10: 19

    No, the PCR test is not currently mandatory in Spain alone. The Canarian Health Authority has made it clear against such claims that this decree was related to "people with symptoms within the first 5 days" and to "asymptomatic people with close contact with positives".

    In this case, however, tourists are to be understood as a “population group” who generally neither show symptoms nor, as is known, should have had close contact with positive people.

    The antigen test is sufficient for tourists.

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  • emmdee, 10. November 2020 @ 10: 19

    No, the PCR test is not currently mandatory in Spain alone. The Canarian Health Authority has made it clear against such claims that this decree was related to "people with symptoms within the first 5 days" and to "asymptomatic people with close contact with positives".

    In this case, however, tourists are to be understood as a “population group” who generally neither show symptoms nor, as is known, should have had close contact with positive people.

    The antigen test is sufficient for tourists.

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