Travelling to the Canary Islands

Last update: 06/dec/2021

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 75.7% of our population is vaccinated against COVID-19 (above the average for Europe).

1. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN (and the Canary Islands):

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You can visit the Canary Islands provided you come from the European Union, a country in the Schengen Area or any third country with which Spain has a reciprocity agreement for acceptance of travellers.

It is essential that you consult the conditions of your tour operator or airline before travelling to the Canary Islands.

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1.1 IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES* WITHIN THE EU AND SCHENGEN

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*High-risk countries are those in which a significant deterioration of the epidemiological situation has been detected, or where variants of particular concern have been detected. Check here.

  1. Control form. We recommend completing the form digitally, including all of the necessary documents in order to speed up airport checks (fast control).
  2. Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection taken regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.

1.2. IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM RISK COUNTRIES* WITHIN THE EU AND SCHENGEN

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* Risk countries are those on this list.

Control form. We recommend completing the form digitally, including all of the necessary documents in order to speed up airport checks (fast control).

and one of the following requirements for persons over the age of 12:

a) Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.

b) Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.

c) Certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP). The certificate is valid for 180 days.

By way of an exception, and randomly, certain passengers may be required to perform a diagnostic test of active COVID-19 infection in the forty-eight hours following their arrival, the result of which they must communicate to the Border Health Service by the means indicated for this purpose.

1.3. IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM LOW-RISK COUNTRIES WITHIN THE EU AND SCHENGEN

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Control form. We recommend completing the form digitally, including all of the necessary documents in order to speed up airport checks (fast control).

1. 4. IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THIRD COUNTRIES

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Passengers must meet the following requirements:

  1. Control form. We recommend completing the form digitally, including all of the necessary documents in order to speed up airport checks (fast control).
  2. Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Accompanying persons under the age of 12 are exempt. Residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland travelling directly from their country must arrive in Spain with a vaccination certificate.
  3. In addition, a Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection will be required regardless of vaccination status or prior infection, for third countries at high risk only. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted. You can check whether your country is a high-risk country here:

Third countries not considered risk countries are excluded from this rule. Their citizens may enter on the same terms of access as those for risk countries of the EU and Schengen (see point 1.2). Check here.

1. 5. IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM WITHIN SPAIN

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Passengers over the age of 12 years and 3 months must meet only one of the following requirements:

  1. Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Persons under the age of 12 are exempt.
  2. Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection taken regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.
  3. Certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP). The certificate is valid for 180 days.

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

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