A deal to accept Covid antigen tests for tourists to the Canary Islands from high risk countries is being finalised.

The aim is to have this in place from next weekend when lockdown in England will have been lifted.

The ministry of health of the archipelago has delivered a technical report on the issue as the islands move to reopen to holidaymakers for the vital winter sun season.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps granted a travel corridor to the Canaries last month and the islands passed a decree saying tests would be allowed as proof a tourist is Covid-free.

Canary Islands president Angel Víctor Torres announced the latest development on Friday, the local Canarian Weekly reported.

He said the technical report prepared by the Hospital de La Candelaria in Tenerife “has conclusive scientific proof that the antigen tests with which they have worked, have all the scientific compliments to be able to measure up to health security required”.

Torres said that the aim is to have this decreed by December 1, so that it is actively in place for when travel is allowed again from the UK when lockdown in England finishes the following day.

There is “still a great desire for people to come to the islands,” he added.