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Travelling to the Canary Islands

Here you can consult the different prior steps that are needed, depending on where you come from and your chosen accommodation, for you to travel to the Canary Islands. Be aware that at present over 60% of our population is vaccinated against COVID-19 (above the average for Europe).

Last update: 08/03/2021

1. Who can visit the Canary Islands?

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You can visit the Canary Islands provided you travel from the European Union, from a country in the Schengen area or from a third country with which Spain has reciprocal agreements regarding the acceptance of travellers. These are UK, Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Singapore , Japan and Israel.  As of 7 June you may visit the Canary Islands for leisure purposes from countries other than those mentioned provided you have a vaccination certificate.

When planning your return, we always recommend that you check the requirements and recommendations of your country of origin.

 

2. Are there any special procedures to complete before travelling to Canaries?

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Everyone who comes on holiday to the Canary Islands must go through a health inspection. This inspection varies depending on your exact circumstances.

If you travel from a high risk area outside Spain:

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· Check the risk status of your home area here.

· Spanish Health Form that you must fill in and sign online before your travel to the Canary Islands.

· Health check on arrival at the airport consisting of a temperature check (fever defined as a body temperature of 37.5ºC or higher) and a visual check for the absence of symptoms.

Anyone over the age of 12 will have to meet at least one of the following requirements:

· Vaccination certificate that proves that the holder has received a vaccine against COVID-19. You must be fully vaccinated and have received your last dose at least 14 days before arrival in Spain. Any vaccine will be admitted that has been authorised for commercial use by the EU (European Medicines Agency - EMA) and the WHO.

· Certificate indicating the negative result of a COVID-19 Active Infection Diagnostic Test performed on the holder. Antigen tests performed a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain will be accepted, as will NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) performed a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Only NAAT tests will be accepted for people travelling from the United Kingdom.

· A certificate stating that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after your first positive NAAT (PCR, TMA, LAMP) test. The certificate is valid for 180 days. People travelling from the UK cannot use this option.

If you travel from a medium or low risk area outside Spain:

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· Health form that must be completed and signed online before your visit to the Canary Islands.

· Health check on arrival at the airport consisting of a temperature check (fever defined as a body temperature of 37.5ºC or higher) and a visual check for the absence of symptoms.

· Special conditions apply for access to tourism accommodation (see point 3)

If you travel from another autonomous community within Spain:

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· Test negative for active COVID-19 infection in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. Compulsory . The tests that are allowed are PCR (RT-PCR for COVID-19), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA), and Antigen tests that detect SARS-COV-2 antigens with an accuracy of 97% and a sensitivity of over 80% as defined in their supporting documentation. 

You don’t have to present a test if you:

· Children under the age of 12.

· Are in transit through a port or airport in the Canary Islands but your final destination is in another country or a different region of Spain.

· Can prove that you have been outside the Canary Islands for less than 72 hours prior to your arrival, regardless of your place of residence.

· Have an official accredited document that shows that you have been fully vaccinated in the eight months prior to your trip or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within the past four months and at least 15 days prior to your trip. The official vaccination document must state which vaccine was received, the number of doses and the date each dose was administered.

· Can prove with an official medical certificate or public document that you have had and recovered from the disease within the past 6 months.

If you travel between islands:

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· There are no limitations on travel between islands.

· There are special conditions for access to official tourist accommodation (see point 3).

3. Conditions for accessing regulated tourist accommodation

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Users must meet one of the following requirements:

· Test negative for active COVID-19 infection in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. The tests that are allowed are PCR (RT-PCR for COVID-19), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA), and Antigen tests.

· Passengers who have an official document stating that they have been fully vaccinated within the 8 months prior to their trip or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or WHO within the past 4 months and at least 15 days prior to the trip.

· Passengers with an official medical certificate or public document stating that they have recovered from the disease within the past 6 months.

Exemptions from the previous requirements:

· Children under the age of 12.

· Residents of the Canary Islands who declare, under their own responsibility, that they have not left the territory in the 15 days prior to arrival at the establishment and that they have not had any COVID-19 symptoms during that time.

· People who, regardless of their place of residence, can prove that they have only been outside the Canary Islands for a period of less than 72 hours prior to arrival, having been in the territory for a full 15 days prior to that, and who also declare, under their own responsibility, that they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms during that time.

· In any case, it is extremely important you check your operator or airline's conditions before traveling to Canary Islands.

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Summary of main documents and links of interest

Spanish Health Form

Allowances provided by the Government of the Canary Islands for taking a COVID-19 test

List of some authorised testing centres in the Canary Islands

List of some authorised centres in Europe. Find your nearest centre here.

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