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Last updated date: January 19th, 2022

Canary Islands’ high full-vaccinated percentage and low positive test rate allowed the partial recovery of its tourism industry over the summer and autumn of last year. Sadly, the omicron variant emerged, and it turned everything upside down once again. Still, with its year-round warmth and sunshine, as well as over 76.5% of the population fully vaccinated, the Canarias, especially TenerifeGran CanariaLanzarote, and Fuerteventura, remain a mecca for European holidaymakers. Leading the pack are the brits, who by January 7 no longer need to take a test before coming back to the UK. Self-isolating and taking a PCR test upon arrival have also been scrapped.

The pandemic status and entry requirements in the EU and Schengen countries are frequently changing, so keeping an eye on the latest restrictions is crucial when making holiday plans. Currently, only fully vaccinated (one dose of single-dose vaccines or two doses of two-dose vaccines, with the second dose taken at least two weeks before arrival) holidaymakers over the age of 12 are permitted to enter Spain and its territories while accompanying children under the age of 12 are exempted.

Requirement for traveling to Spain (including the Canary Islands)

People from countries in the European Union, Schengen Area, and several third countries can visit the Canary Islands as long as necessary prerequisites are fulfilled. These steps largely depend on where you’re coming from.

Important Notice: Always check updated requirements and advice of public agencies and reliable tourism bodies in Spain and the Canary Islands before traveling, as restrictions and safety measures are constantly changing. We recommend visiting the pages of the Canary Islands’ tourism council and Spain’s Health Ministry for extensive information about traveling to the country and its territories. Also consult your tour operator or airline before leaving for the Canary Islands in case of any changes in travel conditions.

Visitors from high-risk countries within the European Union and Schengen

Please check this link for the list of high-risk countries (those with high infection rates or where variants of concern have been detected).

  • Complete this Control Form and send it to health authorities 48 hours before your flight. You will receive a QR code via email shortly after, which you must print out or save on your mobile phone, and it will give you access to the destination airport in Spain or Canary Islands. If you are arriving by cruise ship or ferry, complete this form instead.
  • Proof of negative Covid-19 test regardless of vaccination status or history of previous infection.NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) taken within 72 hours and antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival in Spain are accepted.

Visitors from risk countries within the European Union and Schengen, as well citizens of third countries not considered risk

For the list of risk countries, visit this page here.

  • Complete this Control Form and send it to health authorities 48 hours before your flight. You will receive a QR code via email shortly after, which you must print out or save on your mobile phone, and it will give you access to the destination airport in Spain or Canary Islands. If you are arriving by cruise ship or ferry, complete this form instead.
  • Persons over the age of 12 must also provide ONE of these requirements:
    • Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.
    • Proof of negative Covid-19 test regardless of vaccination status or history of previous infection.NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) taken within 72 hours and antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival in Spain are accepted.
    • Certificate of recovery that confirms the holder has recovered from Covid-19. The certificate should have been issued 11 days after the first NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) and is valid for 180 days

Note that passengers may be subject to random Covid-19 infection testing within 48 hours post-arrival. They must also communicate the result to the Border Health Service.

Visitors from low-risk countries within the European Union and Schengen

  • Complete this Control Form and send it to health authorities 48 hours before your flight. You will receive a QR code via email shortly after, which you must print out or save on your mobile phone, and it will give you access to the destination airport in Spain or Canary Islands. If you are arriving by cruise ship or ferry, complete this form instead.

Visitors from Third Countries

Check whether your country is included in the list of third countries not impacted by the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU here.

  • Complete this Control Form and send it to health authorities 48 hours before your flight. You will receive a QR code via email shortly after, which you must print out or save on your mobile phone, and it will give you access to the destination airport in Spain or Canary Islands. If you are arriving by cruise ship or ferry, complete this form instead.
  • Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. This includes residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland traveling directly from their country to Spain. Accompanying children under the age of 12 are excluded.
  • Proof of negative Covid-19 test regardless of vaccination status or history of previous infection.NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) taken within 72 hours and antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival in Spain are accepted.

Citizens of third countries not considered risk countries may enter on the same terms as risk countries of the EU and Schengen.

Visitors traveling from within Spain

Vacationers over the age of 12 years and three months must only provide one of these requirements:

A. Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Again, children under the age of 12 are exempt.

B. Proof of negative Covid-19 test regardless of vaccination status or history of previous infection.NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) taken within 72 hours and antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival in Spain are accepted.

C. Certificate of recovery that confirms the holder has recovered from Covid-19. The certificate should have been issued 11 days after the first NAAT test (CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA, TMA) and is valid for 180 days.

Traveling between Canary Islands

Tourists traveling between the Canary Islands do not need to present a Diagnostic Tests for Active Infection (PDIA) or any COVID-19 certificates. However, make sure to stay updated with the alert level of each island, so you can adjust your travel plans accordingly and maximize you vacation.

IslandAlert Level
Tenerife4 (May change upon review by January 24)
Gran Canaria3 (Will be moved to Alert Level 4 by Saturday, January 22)
Fuerteventura3
Lanzarote3
La Palma3 (Will be moved to Alert Level 4 by Saturday, January 22)
La Gomera2
El Hierro2

What the alert levels mean for tourists?

Level 1

  • 100% capacity in indoor spaces of food service establishments like restaurants, bars, and clubs, and 100% capacity on terraces. One table can seat a maximum of 12 people.
  • Groups of up to 12 people are allowed, with the exception of cohabitants.
  • Food service venues like restaurants, bars, and cafes close at 3:00 am.
  • 100% passenger capacity in public transport

Level 2

  • 50% capacity in indoor spaces of food service establishments like restaurants, bars, and clubs, and 75% capacity on terraces. One table can seat a maximum of 8 people.
  • Groups of of up to 8 people are allowed, with the exception of cohabitants.
  • Food service venues like restaurants, bars, and cafes close at 2:00 am
  • 100% passenger capacity in public transport

Level 3

  • 40% capacity in indoor spaces of food service establishments like restaurants, bars, and clubs, and 75% capacity on terraces. One table can seat a maximum of 6 people.
  • Groups of up to 6 people are allowed, with the exception of cohabitants.
  • Food service venues like restaurants, bars, and cafes close at 1:00 am
  • 100% passenger capacity in public transport
  • Presenting a covid-19 certificate is mandatory to enter bars, cafes, restaurants, gyms, etc.

Level 4

  • 33% capacity in indoor spaces of food service establishments like restaurants, bars, and clubs, and 75% capacity on terraces. One table can seat a maximum of 6 people.
  • Groups of up to 6 people are allowed, with the exception of cohabitants.
  • Food service venues like restaurants, bars, and cafes close at 12:00 am (midnight)
  • 75% passenger capacity in public transport
  • Presenting a covid-19 certificate is mandatory to enter bars, cafes, restaurants, gyms, etc.

Note that some establishments included in the covid certificate program can operate one level lower—e.g. a bar located in an island at alert level 3 following level 2 protocols. However, all customers or guests will need to provide proof of full vaccination to enter. You can check with the venue beforehand to know if they are included.

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