Travelling to the Canaries – COVID Test requirements

The Canaries are a popular winter-sun destination for Brits.  There are some changes on safety measures which have been introduced that you should be aware of. 

A decree issued by the Government of the Canary Islands states that with effect from 14th November 2020, all visitors to any of the Canary Islands (above the age of 6 at the time of travel) will have to present a certificate proving a negative result of a Covid-19 test carried out in the previous 72 hours at their hotel or tourist accommodation of choice before they are allowed to check in.  Please check with your hotel and/or accommodation before you leave the UK if they are offering a testing service. 

Below you will find a summary with further details about this new requirement, including a contact for further information.

The test must have been carried out in the previous 72 hours and be approved by the health authorities of the passengers’ home country or the EU.

Mandatory for all  over 6 years old

The certificate may be presented in digital or paper format.   The certificate has to be issued in the country of origin by the authorized center.  It is essential that the certificate must contain following details: the date, time of the test, the identity data of the person having the test, the authorised center responsible for the verification test and the negative  result.

Type of test:
• It does not have to be a PCR test.  Passengers can take an antigens test  which tend to be much cheaper and faster.

This certificate will not be required from arrivals who can prove that they have been in the Canary Islands for 15 days or from Canarian residents who declare that they have not left the archipelago in the 15 days prior to their arrival at the establishment.

As well as the above, travellers will still be subject to the following three requirements:

  • It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign an online form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19. You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

This advice is correct at time of posting – always check up to date advice before travelling https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

  For more information about travel to the Canary Islands and Covid-19 please see  https://www.hellocanaryislands.com/coronavirus/

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