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18 Mar 2022

Canary Islands travel advice: From Covid tests to quarantine and latest entry rules

Everything you need to know for a hassle-free trip to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura
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Year round sunshine and the Canary Islands' green list status make Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura a popular option for half term and beyond. But with entry requirements updating frequently, you'll need to keep an eye on the latest rules.

According to the Canary Island tourist board, travellers from the UK over the age of 12 must complete a control form and be able to present either: a valid vaccination certificate, a negative antigen or PCR test, or certificate of recovery. For children between the ages of 12-17 the rules specify that a PCR test is required within 72 hours before arrival.

Spain, including the Canary Islands has set an expiry date on the validity of your vaccination status. You'll need to prove it's been at least 14 days and no more than 270 days since your second dose. If it's been more than 270 days since your second dose you'll need to show proof of a booster jab.

Exactly what other red tape is required depends on where you are travelling from, but everyone needs to follow the basic steps below.

This advice is based on the FCDO's latest guidance. Always check with your holiday provider and/or airline, which should be able to tell you exactly what you'll need for your trip, including whether you'll need to show evidence of a negative test for access to your accommodation.

    • STEP 1 - Show evidence that you are fully vaccinated, with a second dose no longer than 270 days ago (or additional evidence of a booster)
    • STEP 2 - Fill in the Spanish health control form in the 48 hours before travelling to your destination.
    • STEP 3 Book and pay for a pre-departure antigen or PCR test for anyone between the ages of 12-17 who is not yet fully vaccinated to be taken within the correct time limits (antigen tests taken within 24 hours of arrival in Spain, PCR tests taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain), OR show proof of recent recovery.

Read on to find out what evidence you need to show at the airport and which rules children need to follow and at what age.

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Before you go: What are the Canary Islands' Covid entry requirements?

Fully vaccinated passengers

STEP 1: Holidaymakers from England visiting the Canary Islands can use the NHS Covid Pass app to provide evidence of the date of their vaccinations and any booster jabs. Our advice is to print out the required QR code, or at least save it in your phone's document wallet. Some travellers have missed their flights when the Covid Pass app stopped working, leaving them with no means of proving when they received their vaccinations.

Find out more about how to use the NHS app and the options for residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

If you don't have a smartphone, you can also access your vaccine status online, or request proof in letter form.

STEP 2: Before your flight, you will also need to complete and sign an online Health Control Form, no more than 48 hours prior to travel, declaring any known history of Covid exposure. Once the form is completed you will receive a QR code (again, print this out as a backup).

On arrival in the Canary Islands, you may be asked to present the QR code, undergo a temperature check and/or undergo a visual health assessment.

STEP 3: Before your flight you'll need to book and pay for a pre departure Covid test for any children between 12-17 who aren't fully vaccinated. This must be a PCR test taken within the 72 hours before arrival.

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Unvaccinated passengers

As an alternative to a vaccine certificate, a valid certificate of recent recovery is now accepted by Spain if you're travelling there directly from the UK, though at least 11 days must have passed since your first positive Covid test result. 

Travelling with children

STEP 1: Children under the age of 12 do not need to take a test, or show evidence of vaccination, to enter the Canary Islands. Those aged 12-17 are able to present a negative test instead of proof of vaccination.

STEP 2: All passengers, regardless of age, must complete the Spanish health form (see Step 2 above) no more than 48 hours prior to travel. Parents or legal guardians are able to complete an individual form on behalf of their children. Alternatively you can fill in a family/group form.

What are the Canary Islands Covid rules while I am there?

Most local rules have now been dropped, including venue curfews and capacity limits, restrictions on the number of people allowed to sit at a table and so-called 'dancing bans'.

When you arrive at your accommodation you may be asked to provide evidence of either a negative Covid test, taken 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands, or proof of your vaccine status. Your accommodation will also accept an official medical certificate showing that you have recovered from Covid within the last six months.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement.

The Canary Islands tourist board says you must also download the Radar Covid notification app to your mobile, which will notify you of the risk of exposure to Covid depending on your location.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Anyone over the age of six must wear a mask in all enclosed public spaces and on public or group transport, except when eating or drinking.

They should also wear a mask outside at mass events or anywhere where it's not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5m. But as long as there's plenty of space, it's fine to be mask-free on the beach.

Fines may be imposed if you don't comply with these rules. However, those with a disability of respiratory condition are exempt.

Can I travel between the Canary Islands?

Movement between the islands has been fully reinstated, with daily connections allowing you to travel by plane or boat.

What Covid forms, tests and quarantines are required when I return to the UK?

The rules around returning to the UK changed on 18 March. Regardless of vaccination status, you no longer need to take any tests or fill our a passenger locator form to enter the UK.