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The last thing anyone wants is a return to complex and restrictive Covid travel regulations, most especially in summer. However, the number of Covid cases is rising, leading some experts to speculate that countries may be on the verge of a new wave. Fortunately, most countries do not appear to be planning to reinstate restrictions. Although Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are regarded to be substantially more contagious than previous Covid strains, their mortality rate is still much lower. This is mainly owing to the high rates of immunity achieved due to vaccination efforts and natural infections in the past.
Will Spain and its territories see a return to travel restrictions? Could access to the Canary Islands and its fabulous beaches again require a maze of vaccine checks, testing, masks, and quarantine?
Before you leave for your holiday, catch up on the most recent developments by reading on. If you don’t know, you risk being denied entry and sabotaging your travel plans. Our goal is to make your trip as smooth as possible, so we’ve put together some helpful information.
Requirement for traveling to Spain (including the Canary Islands)
There’s no longer a mandate for a quarantine period or taking a PCR test after entry. However, depending on the country of origin, visitors entering Spain by plane (excluding children under the age of 12 and those in international transit) may need to provide or accomplish the following requirements:
Entering from European Union or Schengen countries
Currently, there are no limitations or entry requirements for travelers arriving by air or sea from European Union or Schengen countries. They will also not be required to present the SpTH health control form or a COVID-19 certificate.
Entering from Non-EU or non-Schengen countries
- An EU Digital Covid Certificate, EU equivalent of vaccination against COVID-19, a negative certificate of a diagnostic test for active infection, or a certificate of recovery after passing this disease.
- If you cannot provide the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill out the SPTH Health Control Form via the website https://www.spth.gob.es.
Passengers aged 12 years old and above traveling to Spain by sea must also have one of the required health certificates, such as an EU Digital Covid Certificate, EU equivalent, or another type. They are not required to fill out a health control form.
Traveling from the United Kingdom
Travelers above the age of 12 entering Spain from the UK must show valid proof of one of the following:
- Full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. A booster shot is required if the final immunization dosage was given more than 270 days ago.
- A negative Covid test via PCR conducted no more than 72 hours prior to travel, or an antigen test, taken no more than 24 hours.
- Recovery from Covid in the last six months. NHS Covid Pass or a recovery certificate issued by a relevant UK health authority or medical service will be accepted.
- An NHS Covid Pass or recovery from Covid certificate from UK health authorities or medical services will be accepted.
British travelers will need to get their passports stamped before they’re allowed to use the e-gates and must also carry these documents:
- A return or onward ticket
- Proof you have enough money for the stay
- Proof of accommodation, including hotel booking confirmations, the address if staying in your property, or your host’s invitation or address.
- Proof they meet Spain’s Covid-19 entry requirements.
From risk, high risk, and third countries
At this time, no country, territory, or area is classified as risk or high risk. Suppose the epidemiological situation in a country, territory, or area deteriorates to a concerning degree. In that case, it may be declared high risk, and necessary health control measures for visitors arriving from that location will be implemented. Check the updated list of high-risk countries/areas here .
As for visitors coming from a third country, they must first check if they are permitted to travel to Spain on this page .
Visitors traveling from within Spain
There are presently no restrictions to visiting the Canary Islands from anywhere within Spain and its territories. As a result, it is possible to travel between the islands and from the mainland.
Traveling between the Canary Islands
Tourists traveling between the Canary Islands do not need to present Diagnostic Tests for Active Infection (PDIA) or any COVID-19 certificates.
Important Travel Notices:
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 may change. 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.
Only one dose of single-dose vaccines or two doses of two-dose vaccines (with the second dose taken at least two weeks before arrival) from BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, and Novavax will be accepted when applying for proof of full primary vaccination series . In addition, the vaccination requirement will extend to a Covid booster shot if your last vaccination was more than 270 days ago. There is no required minimum interval of days from the date of booster jab to the date of entry to Spain.
Canary Islands Alert Level
These local alert levels have no bearing on travel conditions to the Canary Islands, as they only represent the hospital occupancy rate owing to Covid cases. There are currently no new restrictions in place related to Covid; therefore, there is no cause for concern.
Nevertheless, visitors are recommended to exercise caution and use a face mask indoors and in enclosed public areas, such as stores, movies, bars, and restaurants. Tourists should also be informed that everyone over six must wear a mask when riding public transportation and visiting a hospital or medical center.
Tourists who test positive for Covid-19 or develop symptoms while in Spain are now expected to wear a mask, limit social interactions, avoid crowded areas and major gatherings, and avoid contact with individuals considered high risk, which includes the elderly, individuals with medical issues, and pregnant women. Following these measures for a full ten days from the time of diagnosis or the onset of symptoms is required.
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Travel health notices, vaccines and medicines, non-vaccine-preventable diseases, stay healthy and safe.
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After Your Trip
There are no notices currently in effect for Canary Islands (Spain).
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see Your COVID-19 Vaccination for more information.
Consider hepatitis A vaccination for most travelers. It is recommended for travelers who will be doing higher risk activities, such as visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where a traveler might get infected through food or water. It is recommended for travelers who plan on eating street food.
Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book
Dosing info - Hep A
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages traveling to the Canary Islands.
Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book
Dosing info - Hep B
Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book
the Canary Islands is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife. These people may include veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers working with specimens from mammalian species.
Rabies - CDC Yellow Book
Avoid contaminated water
How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)
- Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
- Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
- Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
- Avoid contaminated water and soil
Airborne & droplet.
- Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
- Bite from an infected rodent
- Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
- Avoid rodents and areas where they live
- Avoid sick people
- Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.
Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in the Canary Islands, so your behaviors are important.
Eat and drink safely
Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.
- Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
- Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
- Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
- Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel
You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.
Prevent bug bites
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in the Canary Islands. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
- Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
What type of insect repellent should I use?
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Always use insect repellent as directed.
What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?
- Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
- Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.
What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .
For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .
Stay safe outdoors
If your travel plans in the Canary Islands include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.
- Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
- Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
- Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
- If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
- Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
- Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
- Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
Stay safe around water
- Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
- Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
- Do not dive into shallow water.
- Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
- To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
Keep away from animals
Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.
Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
- Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
- Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
- Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
- If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.
All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:
- Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
- Go to a doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.
Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.
Reduce your exposure to germs
Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.
Avoid sharing body fluids
Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.
- Use latex condoms correctly.
- Do not inject drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
- Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
- If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.
Know how to get medical care while traveling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:
- Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
- Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
- Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
- Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call the Canary Islands’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).
In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.
Select safe transportation
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.
In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.
Be smart when you are traveling on foot.
- Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
- Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
- Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
Choose a safe vehicle.
- Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
- Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
- Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
- Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
- Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
- Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.
Think about the driver.
- Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
- Arrange payment before departing.
Follow basic safety tips.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
- When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
- Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of the Canary Islands may be poor.
- Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
- Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
- If you choose to drive a vehicle in the Canary Islands, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
- Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
- Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
- Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
- If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
- Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.
Medical Evacuation Insurance
If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.
Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.
The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.
Maintain personal security
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Before you leave
- Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
- Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
- Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
- Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.
While at your destination(s)
- Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
- Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
- Follow all local laws and social customs.
- Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
- Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
- If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.
Healthy Travel Packing List
Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Canary Islands (Spain) for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.
For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .
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The Canary Islands are open to travelers, but here's what you should know about restrictions, weather, and the best time to visit
- If you're planning to visit the Canary Islands, it's important to stay aware of COVID-19 advisories.
- Keep reading for important details as you prepare to explore the Canary Islands.
- Visit Insider's hub for travel guides, tips, and recommendations.
I travel frequently to the Canary Islands and have done so often during the coronavirus pandemic.
The rules can be confusing and depend greatly on where you'll be arriving from, so make sure to take note if you plan to travel to the European Union first. It's also a good idea to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Embassy for updates.
I usually check the requirements on the Canary Islands tourism bureau website , which works with the government to update visitors on the rules and regulations for entering. I highly recommend checking the page regularly to ensure you'll be fully prepared.
Do note these policies are current as of this writing but are subject to change at any time.
If you're traveling directly from the US to the Canary Islands, be prepared to show the following:
- A health form , which can be filled out online before traveling. Once completed, you'll get a QR code you can either show printed or digitally to be scanned upon arrival.
- A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Travelers arriving from the US to the Canary Islands, or from the US to the Spanish mainland for tourism purposes, must be fully vaccinated . Accompanying persons between 12 and 17 years old are exempt.
- Passengers aged between 12 and 17 must have a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival.
- Antigen tests must be taken a maximum of 24 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain.
If you plan to visit another European hub before heading to the Canary Islands, make sure to check the requirements for entering that particular country from the United States before traveling.
And if you're visiting the Canaries via mainland Spain and are above the age of 12, you'll have to show either a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19, a negative COVID-19 test (antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival, and NAAT tests taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival), or a certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive test.
Other key info to know before traveling to the Canary Islands
The volcanic eruption on la palma.
The island of La Palma experienced a volcanic eruption in September 2021 that spewed hot lava and ash over many businesses and residential homes in the immediate area and also temporarily affected the air quality. As of December 25, 2021, the eruption was declared officially over .
All areas outside Cumbre Vieja are safe to visit, as they were not affected by the lava. Though most places are up and running, make sure to check with local businesses or restaurants you'd like to visit that are near Cumbre Vieja in the following areas: El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Mazo, and Fuencaliente, which could still be affected by volcanic ash.
What to know about weather and what to pack
No matter which island you visit, the sun can be very strong, so pack sunscreen.
Though it's typically warm at sea level, bring along layers and warm clothing if you plan to hike in the Canaries or visit the Teide volcano — temperatures can vary up to 30 or 40 degrees Fahrenheit at different elevations on all the islands. It may be 40F and raining on Teide , approximately 12,000 feet above sea level, and 74F and sunny down below.
It's also important to know the Canary Islands are windy, especially in summer but really year-round. Whenever there's high pressure over the Sahara, temps rise and humidity falls, creating trade winds that blow over the islands, often at strong speeds midday. This is why the islands are so apt for surfing.
Different islands and areas of each island can have very different wind speeds. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura are usually the windiest islands . Tenerife and Gran Canaria , especially the southern areas of these islands are usually slightly warmer, less windy, and much sunnier. Plan your vacation accordingly.
The best times to visit the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands have sunny, warm temps year-round and it rarely rains . Winds are generally high year-round, too. It's slightly warmer in the summer when highs hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. December highs are about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Find all entry regulations for flights to the Canary Islands in the following table*.
Prior to Travel
The Federal Foreign Office points out that in view of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, there are still risks associated with international travel, especially for people without full vaccination protection as well as vulnerable groups. Regulations on entry or international transport connections can change quickly with the pandemic situation.
The so called "3G rule" is lifted when entering Germany, there is a recommendation to wear a mask at some airports.
Prior to Entry
There are no COVID-19-related entry restrictions (e.g. border closures, mandatory proof of testing and vaccination) in force at this time.
There are no COVID-19-related mandatory entry forms or online registrations to be completed before travel at this time.
There are no known restrictions
Children and minors are not generally exempt in case testing requirements apply.
No notes available.
There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for completely immunized persons.
There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for incompletely vaccinated persons.
There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.
There is no ease of restrictions.
COVID-19 related documentary proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result is not currently required.
Current value: 200. Previous week: 126 Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.
Travel within the country is possible without restrictions.
There are no lockdown measures in Spain.
The mask requirement, which still applied in medical facilities and pharmacies, was finally lifted at the beginning of July 2023.
There are no known restrictions.
Restaurants and bars are open without COVID 19 restrictions.
Events may take place without COVID 19 restrictions.
Public transport operates in normal service.
The obligation to wear a mask on the plane was dropped as of February.
In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, travelers should remain in their accommodation. Self-isolation is no longer mandatory. The various Corona hotlines have now been partially discontinued, and the testing center at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) has been closed.
Entry/return to Germany
For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there are no longer any registration or other requirements.
There is no obligation to test before entering Germany.
Since May 2022, no proof of a negative test, a vaccination or recovery is required, in order to enter Germany.
Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government 's website.
Information about COVID-19 testing in Spain (test centres & costs) can be found here .
There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.
According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area . There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.
There is no testing or quarantine requirement for completely immunized persons on entry/return.
Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. (Caution: In Germany, only the vaccines by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax have been approved so far.) Further information is available from the Federal Government .
There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for incompletely vaccinated persons.
There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.
Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants . Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government .
*All information is without guarantee and is based exclusively on information provided by external sources, e.g. the German Foreign Office. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of this information. Please inform yourself about the applicable entry requirements before your flight.
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Entry Requirements For The Canary Islands
Entry to the canary islands, all travellers.
Before travel to Spain, everyone (including children under 12 years old, see Children and young people ) travelling by air or sea must fill in and sign an online Health Control Form . If you do not complete this form electronically, you may submit it in paper format before boarding.
On arrival into Spanish ports and airports you must show the QR code (hardcopy or digital) issued when you completed the online Health Control Form before travel.
The additional documentation you must present on entry when travelling from the UK to Spain is determined by your reason for travel:
- Tourism: you must show valid proof of being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified). See ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’ . If you are traveling from the UK to Spain for tourism purposes you cannot use proof of COVID-19 recovery for entry. See ‘If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year’ . There are some different entry requirements for children under 12 years old and those aged 12 to 17 inclusive. See ‘Children and young people’
- EU citizens and accompanying family members of an EU citizen (including those travelling for tourism purposes), residents of Spain, or those covered by one of the other exemptions listed may present alternative documentation to the vaccine certificate. See Exemptions
You may also be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival. Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain. More information can be found on the Spanish government’s Border Health Controls webpage .
Everyone (excluding children under the age of 12 years old, see Children and young people ) arriving into Spain who have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days must meet the requirements on the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page . The Spanish government reviews their ‘risk countries’ list every 7 days.
Requirements are country specific. You may get a minimum fine of €3000 if you do not comply with the requirements.
If you are travelling from a country where Spain has travel restrictions, check with the Spanish Embassy in that country before you travel to Spain. Due to current travel restrictions, you may be questioned on arrival by Spanish border authorities to ensure you meet the legal entry requirements. Spanish border authorities only allow entry if they are satisfied that you meet the entry requirements, and reserve the right to deny passage.
Spain’s land borders are open, but there may be travel restrictions, border controls and testing requirements depending on the country you are travelling from. For further details see If you’re transiting through Spain .
All travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. See the Coronavirus section for further information.
Plan ahead in case you present symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Spain, see Be prepared for your plans to change and Testing positive for COVID-19 while in Spain .
Quarantine and testing on return to the UK continues to apply, see Returning to the UK .
If you’re fully vaccinated
If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel. Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements.
At least 14 days must have passed since being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before arrival in Spain. Your date(s) of vaccination must be specified and your final dose must have been administered within 270 days prior to travel to Spain. If you completed your vaccination (with both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days prior to travel to Spain, you must be able to show proof of having received a booster jab. There is no requirement for 14 days to have passed between receiving your booster jab and entering Spain. Booster jabs can be administered at any time prior to travel to Spain.
Only vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation are accepted.
Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain – see Children and young people
Proof of vaccination status
You must show valid proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Spain from the UK if travelling for tourism purposes. If one of the exemptions listed applies to you, you may be able to present other documentation on entry. See Exemptions
Spain will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies.
Your date(s) of vaccination must be specified and you need to have had a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation .
Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Documents can be in either English, Spanish, French or German and in paper or electronic format. They must specify your name and surname. See ‘Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries’ section ‘k.’ on the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page for further information on proof of vaccination for travelling to Spain from the UK.
Further rules may apply if you have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk’ countries in the 14 days prior to travel to Spain.
If you’re travelling to Spain for tourism purposes, you cannot use the UK proof of COVID-19 recovery record certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. See the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page for details.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
Under the Spanish government’s current measures, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements set out above.
Children aged 12 to 17 inclusive travelling for tourism can enter Spain by presenting documentation certifying that they have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT. See ‘Children and young people’ .
Diagnostic tests are only accepted for travellers from the UK if your reason for travel to Spain falls into one of the categories listed as ‘essential’ on the ‘Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries’ - section ‘a’ to ‘i’ - on the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page . This includes EU citizens, an accompanying family member of an EU citizen, a resident of Spain, or if one of the other exemptions listed applies to you. See Exemptions .
If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year
Entry requirements may vary if your reason for travel to Spain falls into one of the categories listed as ‘essential’ - section ‘a’ to ‘i’ - on the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page . This includes residents of Spain. If you are an EU citizen, an accompanying family member of an EU citizen, including UK citizens and other non-EU citizens who are travelling with EU family members (including for tourism), a resident of Spain, or if one of the other exemptions listed applies to you, you will be required to present one of the following on entry:
- documentation certifying that you have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival, and tested negative
- a medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to travel
See the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page for details. COVID-19 diagnostic tests are not accepted if you are travelling from the UK to Spain for tourism purposes unless you are aged 12 to 17 inclusive or travelling with a family member who is an EU citizen.
British travellers who are resident in Spain should be prepared to show Spanish border authorities proof of residency on arrival.
All travellers must fill in and sign an online Health Control Form .
There are some different entry requirements for children under 12 years old and those aged 12 to 17 inclusive. See Children and young people for details.
Children and young people
Travellers of any age, including children under 12 years old, travelling by air or sea must fill in and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours before travel.
Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to:
- show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain
- take diagnostic tests prior to arrival
- meet the requirements outlined in the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page , even if they have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days
Travellers from the UK aged 12 to 17 inclusive can enter Spain by presenting documentation certifying that they have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Antigen tests are not accepted.
Alternatively, travellers aged 12 to 17 can still enter Spain with a full vaccination certificate. Spain defines someone as being fully vaccinated if they have had two vaccine doses or one dose of a one-dose vaccine.
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Spain, with its glorious beaches and lively cities, has long been a holiday favourite for Brits. The south and east coasts, plus the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, are most popular — but that’s only part of the story in a country that’s more than twice the size of the UK, with 49 Unesco world heritage sites spread across every region.
For a food and art-focused city break, try the capital Madrid or second city Barcelona . If you’re looking for winter sun, head to Seville or the Canaries . Alternatively it could be the moment to plan a trip taking in a true cross-section of the country, from “Green Spain” in the north (the rocky Atlantic coast stretching from Galicia to the Basque Country, dotted with fishing villages) to the semi-deserts around Almeria, used by film-makers as a stand-in for the American West. And while inland cities can’t offer Mediterranean beaches, the likes of Salamanca, Segovia, Caceres and Cuenca are all colourful threads in Spain’s historic tapestry, with the monuments to show for it.
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What are Spain’s entry requirements?
Spain has relaxed all its Covid-related travel restrictions. It means that both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from the UK can enter the country without additional testing or need to show proof of vaccination. All health declaration forms have been scrapped as well.
What are the Canary Islands’ entry restrictions?
The rules for entry to the Canary Islands (which include hotspots Gran Canaria , Lanzarote and Tenerife ) are the same as mainland Spain’s.
What are the rules for the Balearics?
The rules for the Balearics ( Ibiza , Mallorca and Menorca ) are the same for mainland Spain.
Can I travel to Spain unvaccinated?
Yes. The restrictions have been scrapped for everyone, whether you’re vaccinated or not.
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What are the restrictions once there?
The requirement to wear masks has now been dropped for almost all public spaces in Spain, including on public transport. The only exceptions are medical settings such as hospitals and pharmacies. However, there may still be regional variations depending on local infection rates.
If you test positive for Covid during your stay, you don’t need to self-isolate, but the government advises you should inform contacts, wear a mask and avoid crowded spaces and contact with high-risk people. If your symptoms worsen, there are regional hotlines to call.
You can check detailed UK government travel advice for Spain here .
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Why Go To Canary Islands
You'd be right in comparing Spain's Canary Islands to a tropical paradise. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Morocco, all seven islands in this archipelago flaunt enviable strips of shoreline that roll out into aquamarine waters. Surfers, windsurfers, scuba divers and sunbathers all flock to different shores to revel in the gnarly waves, vibrant underwater world and soft sands. And if you're visiting some of the bigger islands — namely Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote — you'll find the requisite plush resorts. These luxury accommodations boast gourmet restaurants, sprawling golf courses and prime beach access.
But we'd argue that the Canaries are as much about the four natural parks as they are about beaches and resorts. Take the Parque Nacional del Teide on the island of Tenerife, for instance: It contains the globe's third-largest volcano — and visitors can hike it. Lanzarote houses Timanfaya National Park , where travelers can take camel rides across the almost lunar-looking terrain. Upon discovering this combination of beautiful beaches, luxurious accommodations and out-of-this-world natural parks, you're sure to feel like the cat that swallowed the canary.
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Best months to visit.
The best times to visit the Canary Islands are between March and May and from September to November. Winter and summer bring loads of tourists, which make accommodations more expensive and more difficult to find. Meanwhile, in spring and fall, the Canaries continue to enjoy the same pleasant weather as the peak seasons, only without the tourist crowds.
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The national parks The Canaries' four national parks are just as worthwhile as the beaches.
The sunshine The weather is sunny and 70 practically year-round, so there's no bad time to visit. But don't forget to lather on the sunscreen.
The carnival The Canaries' version of Carnival is second only to Rio de Janiero 's. If you're visiting in February, book your hotel several months in advance.
How to Save Money in Canary Islands
Stay put The costs for inter-island planes and ferries can add up. Instead of island-hopping, save some coin by soaking in all of the charms of just one island rather than skimming the surface of them all.
Skip summer and winter Visit in the spring or fall when hotel rates are a bit lower and there are fewer tourists.
Book early and in a city Most of the budget hotels can be found in the island's big cities like Santa Cruz de Tenerife , Las Palmas and Arrecife. Book your accommodations a few months in advance to secure your spot.
Culture & Customs
Even though they're located hundreds of miles from the Iberian Peninsula — and about 70 miles from the northwest coast of Africa — the Canaries are a part of Spain. Residents of the Canary Islands think of themselves as Spanish citizens, just as much as those who live in Madrid .
The Canaries use the Spanish currency of the euro (€1 EUR). Since the euro to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates often, be sure to check what the current exchange rate is before you go. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. When it comes to tipping, the Canary Islands also follow Spain suit. While tipping isn't compulsory, the service industry does appreciate it. Rounding up to the nearest euro in a taxi and leaving anywhere from 7 to 13 percent at a restaurant should be sufficient.
Locals in the Canaries speak Spanish, but you'll find that their accents sound more South American than Spanish. And on the island of La Gomera, some of the locals still speak their native language, Silbo. The deep whistle sound of the Silbo language supposedly carried quite a long way across the island, so natives could communicate from a distance.
Carnival is a big deal here, as are religious pilgrimages and parades that pay homage to different saints. The parades, known as Romeria , usually end up at a church or religious structure.
What to Eat
You'll find every cuisine imaginable on Tenerife and Gran Canaria. But if you want try one of the islands' culinary specialties, you should order parrot fish or sea bream, which are usually poached and served with hot sauce and fresh veggies. Sea salted potatoes served with a spicy pepper sauce are another common accompaniment to the main course.
Many restaurants on Fuerteventura serve up local goat cheese called majorero . And if you find yourself on Lanzarote, you should also sample some wine — the region's grapes are grown in volcanic ash, and labels like Los Bermejos have received high praise from wine experts.
Sunburn is the most likely risk you'll encounter when traveling to the Canaries. Make sure to slather on the sunscreen and hydrate with water, whether you're at the beach or in a national park. You should also guard yourself against the possibility of petty theft, especially in popular tourist areas, by concealing your valuables on your person or even storing them in a hotel safe. Do not bring any valuables to the beach, or if you do, make sure someone is attending them at all times.
Getting Around Canary Islands
The best ways to get around the Canary Islands are by car and by plane. Although there are bus systems available on all the islands, most don't run frequently enough to be useful to tourists. And the islands' attractions are far too spread out to see completely on foot. A car will enable you to get where you want to go quickly and efficiently. When you want to island hop, a plane is a reliable and efficient way to get around. If you'd rather get around by boat, several companies also offer inter-island ferry services.
Although all seven islands have airports, the busiest airports are Tenerife South Airport (TFS), Tenerife North Airport (TFN) and Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). At the moment, however, there are no direct flights from the U.S. to the Canary Islands. To reach the islands, you'll have to first make a pit stop at a European airport like Madrid . When it comes to ground transportation, all of the airports offer some combination of taxis, car rental agencies and buses.
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need a U.S. passport that will be valid for a minimum of three months after you return from the Canary Islands. Visit the U.S. State Department's website for the latest information on entry and exit requirements.
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Travel Vaccines and Advice for the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands is an autonomous community of Spain, located in the Atlantic Ocean. The most visited island by tourists is Tenerife.
The official language of the Canary Islands is Spanish.
There are two capital cities in the Canary Islands: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Do I Need Vaccines for the Canary Islands?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for the Canary Islands. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for the Canary Islands: COVID-19 , rabies and tetanus .
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunisations:
- COVID-19 – Airborne – Recommended for all travellers
- Tetanus – Wounds or Breaks in Skin – Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
- Rabies – Saliva of Infected Animals – Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
See the tables below for more information:
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now .
Do I Need a Passport or Visa for the Canary Islands?
No visa is required for stays under three months in the Canary Islands. Passports must be valid for the duration of your stay.
Sources: Government of the Canary Islands and GOV.UK
What Is the Climate Like in the Canary Islands?
The Canary Islands have a mild climate, with consistent temperatures year-round. The Canary Islands are subject to trade winds, which mildly affect the temperature and precipitation. At the coldest in the winter, the temperature doesn’t fall below 10. In the summer, it doesn’t average higher than 35.
July and August have the hottest temperatures. It can be uncomfortable at times. The windy and rainy seasons run from the end of August through early Winter.
How Safe Are the Canary Islands?
Although crime is low, street crime such as pick-pocketing and theft (such as valuables and car theft) can happen. Always keep your belongings with you. Also be aware of financial schemes and never send money to someone you have not met in person.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
Mountain Villages in the Canary Islands
Seasides may be one of the first things you think of when you hear the word, islands. But, the Canary Islands are full of lush mountains with picturesque villages.
One village that is perfect for tourists to visit is Tejeda on the island of Gran Carina. The village is located in the centre of the island and is seated at the edge of a volcanic crater.
Tejeda is charming with its beautiful churches and balconied homes built on mountainsides. Art and culture can also be found in Tejeda at a variety of different museums. The mountainside is lush with almond trees and it is especially pretty during February when these trees are blooming.
You can get to Tejeda by car or by taking a coach from Las Palmas.
What Should I Take to the Canary Islands?
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to the Canary Islands:
- Hats and sun cream to protect against the consistent sun.
- If you’re travelling during the winter months, bring a raincoat.
- Shoes for hiking, if you plan to hike.
- Health assurance documents in case of medical care needs.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Canary Islands
If you are in the Canary Islands and have an emergency (for example, been attacked, arrested or someone has died) contact the nearest consular services. Contact the embassy before arrival if you have additional questions on entry requirements, safety concerns or are in need of assistance.
While there is no consulate or embassy in the Canary Islands, it is served by the British embassy in Spain:
British Embassy Madrid Torre Espacio Paseo de la Castellana 259D 28046 Madrid Spain Telephone: +34 917 146 300 Emergency Phone: +34 91 714 6300 Fax: +34 917 146 301 Contact Form: Click Here
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Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common. It’s most prevalent in larger cities and particularly during holidays, festivals and weekends.
Thieves work alone or in groups and may use various techniques to distract you and steal your belongings, such as asking for directions or informing you of a stain on your clothes.
Individuals posing as plainclothes police officers may ask to see your passport, IDs or wallets. In this situation, politely ask to see their official identification badge to verify that the request is legitimate.
Thieves are especially active in crowded areas, such as:
- airports and public transportation facilities
- hotel lobbies
- restaurants, patios and outdoor cafés
- tourist attractions
While in the Canary Islands:
- ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- carry a photocopy or digital copy of your passport identification page, driver’s licence, train or airline tickets and credit cards
- at the beach, bring only the essentials
- expect travel delays and additional expenses if your passport is stolen
- don’t leave luggage unattended
- avoid frequenting unlit areas
Violent crime is rare but does occur. Home burglaries happen in larger cities and coastal areas and sometimes affect homes or vacation rental apartments offered through online accommodation apps.
On the road
Thieves have been known to simulate or provoke road-related incidents, such as flat tires. When a motorist stops to help, the thieves steal the motorist’s car or belongings. The reverse scenario has also occurred, whereby a thief offers to help a motorist in distress and steals the motorist’s car or belongings.
In the event of a road-related incident, be extremely cautious about accepting help from anyone other than a uniformed officer from the National Police Corps or Civil Guard.
There is also a high threat of theft from rental and parked vehicles.
- Be particularly vigilant in service areas on coastal highways
- Use secure parking facilities
- Avoid leaving any luggage or valuables in the vehicle
- Always lock your doors and keep windows closed
Reporting a crime
If you are victim of a crime, you can call the tourist hotline to file a police report with the assistance of a translator.
Hotline service to file a police report with a translator - Policía Nacional
Unsolicited emails offering enticing business or financial opportunities are most likely fraudulent.
These emails may involve the following scenarios:
- prizes won in the Spanish lottery (el Gordo)
- a friend or family member who appears to be in distress abroad
Never send funds to an unknown individual. Don’t travel to the Canary Islands to obtain restitution after losing money to a scam.
If you’re travelling to the Canary Islands to meet someone you’ve otherwise only met online, you may be the victim of a scam. Be wary of attempts at fraud by persons who profess friendship or romantic interest over the internet.
If you plan to buy a property or make other investments in the Canary Islands, seek legal advice in Canada and Spain. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve.
Credit card and ATM fraud
Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. When using debit or credit cards:
- pay careful attention if other people are handling your cards
- use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
- avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
- cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
- check for any unauthorized transaction on your account statements
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
Demonstrations and strikes
Demonstrations and strikes occur regularly. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to traffic and public transportation disruptions, including access to roads, airports, and the railway and tram systems.
Flight delays or cancellations, as well as disruptions at ports, are also possible.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
- Be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice
Mass gatherings (large-scale events)
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
The Spanish government maintains a public alert system on terrorism and communicates threat level changes online and through local media. The current level is set to 4 (high) on a scale of 1 to 5.
More about the terrorism threat level - Spanish Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish)
Swimming and water activities
Coastal waters can be dangerous. Always obey warning flags at beaches, lakes and rivers.
The main warning flags used in Spain are:
- Green: calm waters, swimming is allowed
- Yellow: agitated waters, swimming with precautions is recommended
- Red: dangerous waters, swimming or entering the water is forbidden
- Black: contaminated waters, avoid swimming
In marine areas, coral, jellyfish and other ocean life found along reefs can poison, sting or cause infection if touched or stepped on.
- Ask local authorities about the presence of such species and whether they are dangerous
- Immediately seek medical assistance if you get hurt
In the fall and winter months, be cautious when walking along beaches close to the water’s edge as waves can be unpredictable in size and may come onto shore further than expected.
- Don’t visit beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
- Look out for signs warning of cliff erosion and falling rocks
- Don’t dive into unknown waters, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
- Exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities
- Safe bathing - Canary Islands Tourism
- Water safety abroad
Outdoor activities, such as hiking, can be dangerous if unprepared. Trails are not always marked, and weather conditions can change rapidly year-round, particularly around the high peaks of the archipelago such as Pico del Teide or Pico de las Nieves.
If you plan on trekking, or visiting natural tourist attractions or remote areas:
- never do so alone, and do not part with your hiking companions
- obtain detailed information on your activity and on the environment in which you will be before setting out
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- avoid venturing off marked trails
- ensure that you’re adequately equipped and bring sufficient water
- stay informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary
- dial 112 from a cellphone for any emergency
Road conditions and road safety can vary throughout the archipelago. Some drivers are aggressive and drive at excessive speeds.
Public transportation is safe and reliable. The islands are connected through air and boat connections. Extensive buses and tram systems are available on the different islands of the archipelago.
Taxis are generally safe. Metered taxis are widely available.
There are fixed rates for transportation to and from certain destinations. Confirm the rate before departure.
- Travelling between the islands - Canary Islands Tourism
- Moving around within the island - Canary Islands Tourism
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Information about foreign domestic airlines
The Canary Islands are an Autonomous community of Spain.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Spanish authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada .
- Schengen area
Spain is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.
If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.
- Foreign Representatives in Canada
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Passport with “X” gender identifier
While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
- Foreign Representatives in Canada
- Canadian passports
Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Business visa: not required Student visa: required
Other entry requirements
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Children and travel
Learn more about travelling with children .
Relevant Travel Health Notices
- Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
- COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023
This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.
Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.
Be sure that your routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.
Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Pre-travel vaccines and medications
You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary.
Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus. Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.
It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.
Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.
Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.
Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.
In this destination, rabies may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal.
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional.
Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife.
Safe food and water precautions
Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.
- Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
- Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs.
Insect bite prevention
Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:
- Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
- Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
- Minimize exposure to insects
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed
To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.
Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.
Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.
Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.
Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:
- washing your hands often
- avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
- avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.
Medical services and facilities
Health care is excellent. Service is available throughout the country but may be limited in certain rural areas.
Private healthcare is also widely available. Upfront payment may be required.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Travel health and safety
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .
Transfer to a Canadian prison
Canada and Spain are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Spain to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Spain authorities.
This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.
Local authorities may ask you to show ID at any time. You must carry an adequate ID, such as a passport, to show upon request. You could be detained until you can prove your identity.
Keep a photocopy or digital copy of your passport’s photo page in a safe place should your passport be lost or seized.
In Spain, foreign visitors must present a passport upon check-in at a hotel. Restaurants, hotels, shops and other such establishments also routinely request passports or other pieces of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s licence, to process credit card transactions.
- Don’t leave your passport or any other ID document with anyone
- Wait until they have taken the details or made a copy of it and have given the document back to you
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
In several municipalities, alcohol consumption in the street is prohibited. If you don’t comply, you could be fined.
- Drugs, alcohol and travel
It is illegal to photograph military installations.
It is illegal in certain municipalities to buy counterfeit merchandise from street vendors, such as sunglasses or purses.
Local authorities may impose heavy fines on tourists caught buying counterfeit merchandise.
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Spain.
If local authorities consider you a citizen of Spain, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.
Travellers with dual citizenship
International Child Abduction
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Spain.
If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Spain, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Spanish court.
If you are in this situation:
- act as quickly as you can
- contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
- consult a lawyer in Canada and in Spain to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
- report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre
If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.
Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.
- List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
- International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
- Travelling with children
- The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
- Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
- Emergency Watch and Response Centre
You can drive in Spain with your valid Canadian driver’s licence and an international driving permit for up to 6 months. For stays longer than 6 months, you must obtain a local driver’s licence.
Vehicles must be equipped for emergencies. You must carry the following items:
- 2 red warning triangles, of which one must be placed in front of the vehicle and one behind in case of accident or breakdown
- a reflective jacket, kept inside the car (not in the trunk), that you must wear when leaving a vehicle stranded or involved in a highway accident
- a spare tire and a repair kit
- a full set of spare light bulbs, plus the tools to change them
- snow chains if travelling in adverse winter conditions
You may be subject to on-the-spot fines if you fail to comply with these laws.
Certain cities have put in place low-emission or zero-emission zones (Zona de Bajas Emisiones [ZBE] and Area Central Cero Emisiones [ACCE]) to reduce air pollution. Access to these zones is restricted, and speed limits are lowered.
You may need to obtain a permit to prove that your vehicle responds to environmental standards.
- Driving in Spain - European Commission
- Obtaining a Spanish licence - General Traffic Directorate (in Spanish)
- More about the International Driving Permit
The currency of Spain is the euro (EUR).
If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave the European Union. It includes sums in:
- banknotes and coins
- bearer negotiable instruments such as cheques, travellers’ cheques, promissory notes and money orders
- bonds, shares
- gold coins with a gold content of at least 90 %
- gold bars, nuggets or clumps with a gold content of at least 99.5 %
- any other convertible asset
This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.
EU cash controls - European Commission
The Canary Islands are located in an active seismic zone and have several volcanoes. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
In 2021, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma caused widespread damage.
During a volcanic eruption, ash can disrupt air travel. The air quality may deteriorate and affect travellers with respiratory ailments.
- follow the instructions of local authorities, including any evacuation orders
- monitor local media sources for up-to-date information on volcanic activity
Latest news – Canary Islands Volcanology Institute
High temperatures create dry conditions, which can lead to large fires. Fires can lead to railway and road closures, including major highways, and affect air traffic.
The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke and affect travellers with respiratory ailments.
In case of a major fire:
- avoid areas affected by active wildfires
- follow the instructions of local emergency services personnel, including any evacuation orders
- monitor local media sources for up-to-date information
Civil protection - Spanish Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish)
Severe rainstorms can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.
- Exercise caution
- Stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Latest weather warnings - Spanish government’s meteorological agency
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
There is no Canadian government office in the Canary Islands. You can obtain consular assistance from the Embassy of Canada to Spain, in Madrid.
Spain, Andorra, and Canary Islands
For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada to Spain, in Madrid, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services .
take normal security precautions.
Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.
Exercise a high degree of caution
There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.
IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.
Avoid non-essential travel
Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.
Avoid all travel
You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.
What to expect when travelling to the Canary Islands this summer
Jun 11, 2020 • 6 min read
Playa de las Teresitas, Tenerife © 500px
With Spain's international borders set to reopen on 21 June to EU and Schengen-area countries and on 1 July to most others (depending on individual public health situations), the sun-soaked Canary Islands are leading the way in welcoming back foreign travellers – with creative plans that put the focus on safe, sustainable and enjoyable trips for visitors, while also cooperating with tourism operators and the islands’ local communities.
The Canary Islands have had fairly few COVID-19 cases and the pandemic here has been well managed. At the time of writing, there had been only 2300 cases and 161 deaths since 1 February (despite an early outbreak at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife), among a population of over two million. Remote El Hierro and Isla Graciosa have had no COVID-19 cases at all; these two islands, along with neighbouring La Gomera and the Balearic island of Formentera , were the first Spanish regions to move into phase one of the official desescalada (de-escalation) of lockdown in early May. Most of Spain, including the Canaries, is expected to enter the post-lockdown nueva normalidad (new normality) on 21 June, and travel between the eight Canary Islands has been allowed since 8 June.
The Canary Islands tourism authorities are keen for visitors to be able to relax and enjoy their time on the islands, while also helping the industry get back on its feet (tourism makes up 35% of the Canaries’ GDP). In a media webinar on 5 June, Cristina del Río Fresen (leader of the Global Tourism Safety Lab at the Ministry of Tourism Canary Islands) emphasised that ‘health and holiday’ for visitors of all nationalities must be compatible. This means being ‘creative and innovative with the protocols’, but also ensuring that newly-introduced plans don’t have damaging side effects – such as increased plastic waste through use of disposable face masks. Travellers will be encouraged to buy reusable products and, wherever possible, support local vendors and suppliers.
How will I get there?
Most international flights to the Canary Islands from across Europe are expected to restart in late June or early July. Wizz Air is already flying to Tenerife and Gran Canaria from London Luton; from July, frequency and routes are scheduled to expand and flights to/from Fuerteventura should start. Ryanair has announced that it will resume 40% of its schedule from July, including flights to/from Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
There will, of course, be important safety-focused changes to flying , which are likely to include mandatory face masks, social distancing and temperature checks. To help restore confidence in travel, the Canary Islands are working with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to trial the world’s first digital health passport on a ‘safe flight’ from Madrid in early July.
Will I have to quarantine and/or take a COVID-19 test?
All travellers – regardless of where they’re coming from – will be strongly encouraged to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 in their country of departure 48 to 72 hours ahead of travel, though this won’t be compulsory. Those who do so will fast-track through arrivals in the Canaries and receive vouchers to spend at local businesses. There will also be temperature checks for all passengers on arrival and departure.
If an arriving visitor tests positive for COVID-19, they’ll be moved to independent accommodation to quarantine or to hospital for treatment (there will be no cost for this); the rest of their group will be tested and, if necessary, the whole group can isolate together. Given the global possibility of a second COVID-19 wave, the islands have put in place a ‘traffic light’ alert system that will enable an immediate reaction to stem the spread of the virus, and local hospitals are cooperating to provide healthcare for anyone who needs it.
Face masks are now mandatory in all public spaces in Spain where social distancing is not possible; this is expected to remain in place after the country’s state of alarm ends on 21 June.
Will hotels, restaurants and bars be open?
Hotels in the Canary Islands have officially been allowed to reopen since early May. Though most hotels remain closed at the moment, many are carefully preparing to welcome guests again and aiming for around 50% capacity this summer. As of phase three, restaurants and bars can open with 75% capacity on terraces and serve drinks and food inside (with 50% capacity) and at the bar as long as social distancing of 1.5m is maintained; under the nueva normalidad, these rules are expected to stay in place, with additional safety measures that might include, for example, temperature checks.
In terms of accommodation safety, the Canary Islands are considering each property in its own right and encouraging individualised solutions, with social distancing the crucial factor. One-way systems could be added, cleaning will be rigorous, buffet breakfasts will look very different (protective screens, extended hours to reduce crowds, waiter service) and sunbeds will be spread out. The islands’ many self-catering apartments and villas will no doubt prove particularly popular this year.
Hotels and restaurants will also be replacing all paper documentation with digital alternatives – most menus will involve scanning a QR code, payment will be by card or (better yet) phone, and check-in perhaps by app rather than face-to-face.
Is public transport up and running?
Binter Canarias, the main inter-island airline, is currently operating 62 flights a day, while Canaryfly is planning to start operating again on 1 July. Ferries have been fitted with hand-sanitiser dispensers, social-distanced seating and more efficient air filters, and major companies such as Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas are up and running again. Buses will be operating at 50% capacity to ensure social distancing.
Will beaches, sights and hiking trails be open?
Beaches have been allowed to open since the islands entered phase two in May, and you can go surfing among the Atlantic waves. The islands’ natural beauty is a big part of their appeal and tourism teams are keen to steer clear of, for example, installing plastic screen dividers as considered elsewhere in Europe. The key instead will be to maintain two-metre social distancing: on the Canaries’ most expansive strands of sand, like Lanzarote’s Caleta de Famara or Fuenteventura’s Parque Natural de Jandía, there’s plenty of space to spread out, while smaller beaches will have controlled access and limited capacity.
Museums, galleries and markets are already open at 50% capacity, and the archipelago’s many lovely walking trails are mostly ready to go – and independent, open-air activities such as hiking and cycling are on everyone’s minds for 2020. For the latest updates, check the Canary Islands Tourism website .
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- Vaccines & medicines for the Canary Islands - CDC
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Are there entry restrictions to the Canary Islands due to Covid-19?
Canary Islands is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for the Canary Islands. Check out Ministry of Health, Spain for more information.
Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from the Canary Islands?
You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from the Canary Islands. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.
What is the flight time to the Canary Islands from the UK?
The flight time to the Canary Islands from the UK is typically 4 to 5 hours .
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What is the time difference between the Canary Islands and the UK?
The time difference between the Canary Islands and the UK is UK time+0 to UK time+1 hours .
What is the main language spoken in the Canary Islands?
The main language spoken in the Canary Islands is Spanish . Learn a language for the Canary Islands with Rosetta Stone * , Babbel * and Lingoda * .
What is the currency in the Canary Islands?
The currency in the Canary Islands is the Euro ( EUR ). Send money to the Canary Islands with XE Money Transfers * .
Which plugs are used in the Canary Islands?
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My son is 13 and, despite having had a single dose of Pfizer, had COVID a couple of weeks ago.
My understanding is that we will need to get him a private PCR test before we go as they do not accept UK proof of recovery from Covid as evidence.
However Track & Trace have told us that PCR tests are liable to give a false positive.
Does anyone know if there is anything we can do or do we just have to hope the PCR test comes back negative?
I have just called 119 and been told proof of recovery has been accepted since we joined the EU digital Covid pass but I got cut off called back and was told by another call handler proof of recovery isn't accepted
Thats 4 phonecalls to 119 today, 2 said yes proof of recovery is fine no quarantine 2 said nope not acceptable I need a PCR despite it likely coming back positive.
The whole thing is a money making scam and a complete s**t show
Not sure how Spain benefits financially from you paying a UK company for a PCR test
Looking at this site
It says the following
Certificates of recovery - a medical document certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to travel - is not currently accepted for arrivals from the UK. See the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page for details.
Spain wont, I meant the UK forcing people to take test despite adopting the terms of the EU digital Covid certificate are the money making scammers.
From the info on the EU commission website it is made quite clear to return to the UK proof of recovery is accepted.
It also states proof of recovery is now accepted to enter Spain, however Gov.uk hasn't updated this
The child is vaccinated. I am unsure if what has passed will be relevant by Xmas.
If he is vaccinated he would not need to be tested I believe
Is the NHS covid app accessible for children?
Other posters have said Spain does not consider one vaccination as 'fully vaccinated' so trsting would still be required. Irrespective of whether the UK are giving two doses to young people.
The Spanish entry reqs… people should read it properly before making stuff up.
proof of being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation.
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By Dominic Chopping
STOCKHOLM--Scania has received an order for 231 buses from Canary Islands-based public transportation company Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife, it said Tuesday.
The Swedish truck and bus manufacturer said the order includes 173 hybrid vehicles, with all vehicles to be delivered over the next two years.
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