Canary Islands is saying HOLA again
We have worked intensely on reopening our destination so that you can visit us in the maximum safety and with the utmost hygiene and quality.
Most hotels have now opened their doors or will do so very soon, along with the main tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.
If you are travelling to our islands soon, the information here will be of interest to you.
1Who can fly to Canary Islands? Is there a quarantine for visitors?
You can now travel to the islands from any country in the Schengen Area. International visitors to Spain do not currently have to go into quarantine (remember to check what conditions your country has in place for when you return from your holiday).
2What airlines are flying to Canary Islands this summer?
These are the airlines with direct routes to the archipelago this summer.
3Is there any special procedure I should follow before my trip? What safety measures will I encounter at the airport and/or on the plane?
To protect everybody’s health, the Government of Spain has implemented a series of health control measures, applicable to all passengers:
- Before your trip: in the 48 hours before your arrival in Spain, you must complete a public health form online at SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH to obtain your personal QR code.
- At your departure airport: you have to show your QR code at security (you must have it printed out or on your mobile phone).
- At your arrival airport: your temperature will be taken on arrival in the islands and, if it is 37.5 ºC or higher, you will undergo a medical assessment.
Remember that you must wear your mask and follow all of the safety measures indicated by the airline and the airport authorities both at the airport and throughout the flight.
If possible, we recommend checking in online to avoid unnecessary procedures at the airport. Remember that many airlines no longer allow cabin baggage, except for a bag containing items for personal use that fits under the seat.
4Can I take a cruise to Canary Islands?
Not yet, but soon. The first cruises with a port of call in Canary Islands will probably start operating in the autumn, following strict cleaning and hygiene measures (masks, hydroalcoholic gels, enhanced cleaning, disinfection of shoes), in addition to special embarkation and disembarkation procedures to guarantee the safety of passengers and crew.
5Can I move freely between the islands?
Of course. One of the great advantages of visiting Canary Islands is that you can discover several islands on the same trip. The islands are all very different from each other, which makes the trip all the more interesting and enriching.
Movement between the islands is fully reinstated at the moment, with daily connections that allow you to easily get from one island to any other, either by plane or by boat. Binter and Canaryfly are the airlines that will fly you between islands and Fred Olsen and Armas are the shipping companies.
6What do I need to know before my arrival in Canary Islands? Safety measures.
In Canary Islands, we have worked tirelessly for the past few months so that you can visit us and enjoy your holiday to the utmost in the maximum safety.
We therefore recommend that you download the RadarCOVID contagion alert app to your mobile. It is available for both iPhone and Android and will notify you of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 depending on your location.
You should also be familiar with the main measures being applied to ensure your well-being.
- Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six when outdoors or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.
- Interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).
- The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.
- Appropriate cleaning and disinfection of all establishments and all materials for activities (especially toilets and similar common areas).
- Outdoors and in enclosed public spaces, masks must be worn regardless of whether you are at the interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 metres.
You cannot smoke cigarettes, vape or use any other smoking device unless you can ensure that you are at least two metres away from other people.
- Public and/or group transport. Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six, except if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition. Seats will be assigned on tour buses.
- Tourist accommodation. Capacity is restricted in common areas, at social activities and in group classes, as per the required social distancing. You will also come across served buffets, where food is plated individually, or self-service buffets, where there are separator screens in the food areas.
- Beaches, pools and other nature areas. Masks must be worn on entry to the beach or pool area, when moving around or when taking a walk. The only time they are not compulsory is when you are swimming, or when you are sitting or lying in a certain place, without moving from it and at the recommended safety distance from other people.
There are restrictions on capacity (4 m2 per person), duration of visit and access to some of the most popular beaches to ensure that the interpersonal distance can be respected. For natural pools, the surface area of the pool is taken into account when calculating capacity. There must be a separation of two metres between groups of loungers and sunshades and these must be disinfected between customers. There is enhanced cleaning of toilets, showers and foot showers.
Regarding the use of swimming pools, capacity is restricted according to the number of loungers. These are laid out respecting the interpersonal separation by family unit and are disinfected daily.
In nature areas outside towns and villages, masks do not need to be worn if the interpersonal safety distance is respected.
- Restaurants. The minimum distance between tables, groups or the bar is 1.5 metres, with a maximum of ten people per table or group. Items for general use and/or self-service items have been removed, including napkin dispensers, sugar bowls and menus, which have been replaced by QR codes, signs or other similar measures. Before customers are seated, tables are cleaned and disinfected.
- Tourist attractions and guided tours. Prior booking is required (mostly online) as there are restrictions on capacity. At attractions, tours are one-way to avoid people passing by and crowding. The use of individual headphones is being encouraged for audio guides and they are disinfected after every use.
- Shopping. Garments are cleaned after they are tried on by a customer, and the changing rooms are also disinfected frequently. The ventilation systems in place guarantee sufficient renewal of air. We recommend paying by card.
- Cultural activities and events. For now, there are limited events on offer, but the archipelago’s usual agenda will gradually return. At cinemas, theatres and such like, seats are being assigned and distributed by family unit or groups of people who live together. The security staff are also monitoring the entrances and surrounding areas at all times to ensure the interpersonal distance is respected.
- Spas and wellness centres. These establishments follow very strict hygiene protocols, and these have been further reinforced as a result of the pandemic. Service is by prior appointment only, as there are restrictions on capacity. You must wear a towel or bathrobe within the facilities.
- Gyms and sports activities. Group activities in enclosed spaces are permitted for a maximum of 25 people, and in the open air, for a maximum of 30, in order to ensure the interpersonal distance can be respected. Materials are provided for clients to disinfect the equipment and other resources used at the facilities. Towels must be used. The ventilation systems in place ensure that the air is frequently renewed.
- Golf courses. Games can be played between four people, as long as the interpersonal distance is respected. The player’s ball cannot be touched by the caddie or other players. The use of buggies is restricted to two people at a time and they are disinfected before use.
- Nightlife. Only premises with an outdoor space can open, and their capacity is restricted to 75%. You can only drink at tables (not at the bar), and dance floors are not yet allowed to open.
- Active tourism. Open-air active tourism activities entail little risk and are usually run for small groups. Nonetheless, individual sports materials cannot be shared and specific cleaning and disinfection protocols are in place.
7What personal protection measure must I take to avoid and prevent contagion?
The Government of Canary Islands recommends that all citizens follow these personal protection measures:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or clean them with hydroalcoholic gel.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then put the tissue in a bin.
- Stay at a distance of at least 1.5 metres from anybody who doesn’t live with you (whether they have symptoms or not).
- Wear your mask when you are outdoors or in an enclosed public space.
Any reunion or meeting in private spaces of people who do not live together should be restricted to a maximum of ten people, even if the safety distance can be guaranteed.
8What should I do if I start to experience symptoms during my stay in Canary Islands?
If you experience symptoms such as a cough, a temperature, shortness of breath or feeling generally unwell, self-isolate at your accommodation and call 900 112 061 for instructions and to be put in touch with the appropriate medical centre.
Remember that you must wear a mask if you go to any medical centre in the islands and avoid touching anything with your hands.
As what is most important is your health and well-being, if you do not have medical insurance, we will provide you with an AXA policy free of charge in Canary Islands to cover all expenses relating to COVID-19. See everything that it covers here.