The Canary Islands have accumulated 31,207 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 as of the 16th January 2021. Of those cases, 8,067 are active 22,675 have recovered and 465 people have died.
The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government have produced a public website to display the data of residents diagnosed with Covid-19, helping to understand the impact of the pandemic on the Archipelago. These are the headline figures per island as to the number of accumulated positive cases, number of deaths and current active cases (updated 16/01/21).
Softening the lockdown
At the end of April 2020 the Spanish Government released their four phased plan of de confinement, to relax the lockdown conditions and reach the new normal in Spain.
Phase Zero: Residents allowed some fresh air once a day with restrictions to the times and distance from home.
Phase One: From 11th May 2020 for provinces that meet the requirements. Small retail premises, bars & restaurants, outdoor markets and hotels can open with reduced capacity and social distancing rules.
Phase Two: From 25th May 2020 for provinces that meet the requirements. Restaurants can offer inside tables, shopping centres can open and small cultural events can take place.
Phase Three: From 22nd June 2020 if the provinces have transitioned the previous phases, travel will be allowed within Spain for residents and restaurants can open to 50% capacity.
The Spanish state of alarm ended at midnight on Saturday 20th June 2020.
The Canarian government have announced (3rd March 2020) that if or when any further outbreaks occur, they will NOT lockdown any hotels, but will move the patients elsewhere for their quarantine period. This decision is good news for those worrying about getting stuck for an extended stay on holiday in the Canary Islands.
Schools have closed across the Canary Islands from the 13th March 2020. Events attracting 1,000 plus people have been suspended, these include carnival, football matches & other sporting events, plus the Teguise Sunday Market in Lanzarote.
On the 14th June 2020 the President of The Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres confirmed that the Canaries will start the new normality on the 22nd June 2020.
The Canary Islands started the new normality on Sunday 21st June 2020.
The Canarian Government have agreed a 12 month insurance policy with AXA to cover visitors affected by Covid-19 during their stay in the Canary Islands. The agreement announced on the 5th August 2020 covers medical expenses, extension of stay for quarantine and health repatriation.
The Lanzarote Government have produced this website to record that island’s Covid figures.
On the 10th August 2020 the Radar Covid track and trace App was launched in the Canary Islands. This App can be dowloaded free and is 100% anonymous. It will record your locations and notify you if you have been close to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 14 days.
Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.gob.radarcovid
iPhone – https://apps.apple.com/es/app/radar-covid/id1520443509
From the 14th November 2020 it is mandatory that visitors to the Canary Islands have downloaded and activated the Radar Covid App. The App should be valid for the duration of your stay, plus the following 15 days.
An update as to the wearing of masks was brought into force on Friday 14th August 2020, following a surge in cases. In general from 6 years upwards you are required to wear a mask when outside in populated areas. For visitors this means within a holiday resort you wear masks whilst walking around, however when swimming and sunbathing at the beach or pool, they can be removed. Smoking on bar & restaurant terraces is prohibited, you can smoke in the street if 2m social distancing is possible. Restaurants are limited to tables of 10 people as a maximum. Previously, masks were only required in indoor public spaces and transport or where a distance of 1.5m was not possible.
The Canary Islands government introduced a new law on the 31st October 2020, that visitors to the islands staying in tourist accommodation will be required to present a negative Covid test on check in to their accommodation, to be implemented from the 14th November 2020.
Christmas rules were announced in the BOC 248 on the 4th December 2020. From Dec 5 until January 10: Christmas family gatherings limited to six people (unless they already live in the same house and not counting children up to six years old). The limits rises to 10 on the holiday days (24, 25, NYE, Jan 1, Jan 6). Restaurants must close at midnight, maintain two metre gaps between tables and maximum table size is six people. Smoking is not allowed in bars and restaurants, even on outdoor terraces. Live music, karaoke, etc is allowed provided the venue has all the correct permits. From December 23 to January 10: Curfew between 01.00 and 06.00 (01.30 on the holiday nights (24, 25, Jan 1). Parties, street processions, large outdoor gatherings and sports events, etc are all banned.
New Covid rules for visitors to the Canary Islands were announced in the BOC 252 on the 09/12/20 which come into force on the 10/12/20. Negative Antigen tests will now be accepted as well as PCR. Plus if allowed by your airline / ferry company passengers can travel without a test as long as they either quarantine for 14 days, or take a local test to prove negative for Covid. Children under the age of 6 years old are exempt from tests.
The Spanish government have annulled the Canary Islands antigen test law for international visitors 16/12/20. A negative PCR test is required from high risk countries.
On the 16/12/20 the Canarian Government imposed further restrictions for Tenerife coming into force at 24:00 Friday 18th December 2020. That island is already on red status due to the continuing rise of active Covid cases. The curfew will be 22:00-06:00 for 14 days with an exception on the 24th and 31st 00:30-06:00. Tourists will still be allowed to travel with a negative Covid test. Interior areas of bars and restaurants are to be closed and terraces limited to 50% of occupancy with a maximum of 4 per table, 2m apart. Hotels have a limit of 33% occupancy for interior areas.
On the 07/01/21 the Canarian Government announced further restrictions coming into place for the Canary Islands at midnight starting 11/01/21. Tenerife is to remain at level 3 with the current restrictions in place. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Gomera are now classed at level 2 with new restrictions to be implemented. These are a curfew 23:00-06:00, groups limited to 4 people including sports, public transport capacity reduced to 50%. Fuerteventura, La Palma & El Hierro remain at level 1.
On the 14/01/21 the Canarian Government announced that Lanzarote had been escalated to level 3 from Friday 15th January 2021 until 28th January 2021, joining Tenerife in the strictest level of restrictions. Gran Canaria remains level 2 with Fuerteventura. La Gomera, El Hierro & La Palma are level 1.
National visitors flying into the Canary Islands from the mainland will require to either travel with a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior to arrival, or self isolate until they have one locally. This ruling was introduced for Christmas and has now been extended until the 31st January 2021.
Tenerife was reduced to level 2, and Gran Canaria escalated to level 3 from midnight on Sunday, effective Monday 18th January 2021 for 14 days.
As of midnight on Friday 22nd January 2021 Lanzarote & La Graciosa have entered level 4 of further restrictions due to the rapidly rising Covid cases. Level 4 is a new restriction just agreed by the Canarian Government and announced in the BOC 2021-015-341. The main change is that you can only mix a maximum of 2 people from different households and that non essential businesses must close by 6pm. Reduced capacity in shops to 25%, beaches & public transport at 50%. The curfew remains 22:00-06:00.
The Spanish Government have closed ports in Spain to cruise ships from the 13th March 2020.
A State of Alarm for 15 days from the 14th March 2020 has been declared by the Spanish Government. This has subsequently been extended to the 21st June 2020.
From the 15th May 2020 anyone entering Spain from abroad is required to spend 14 days quarantine in self isolation. This will last until the state of alarm finishes.
14 Day Quarantine For Arrivals Into Spain. A new order has been published, which comes into effect from this Friday 15th May and will last until the state of alarm finishes. Anyone entering Spain from abroad is required to spend 14 days in self isolation. Until now this has been a recommendation, but is now law. The only people currently allowed to travel into Spain from abroad are Spanish citizens and residents, diplomats and cross border workers.
On the 23rd May 2020, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced in a television broadcast that international tourism will commence across Spain in July 2020 – “saving the summer season.”
On the 14th June 2020, the Spanish Government announced that borders between countries in the Schengen zone will open on the 22nd June 2020, other than Portugal which will be later on the 1st July 2020.
The state of alarm ended at midnight on the 20th June 2020. Spain has entered their new normal and confirmed conditions for international visitors. EU countries can travel to Spain from the 21st June 2020. That includes the UK currently, but there is an exception – Portugal. Non EU countries will be able to travel to Spain from the 1st July.
There are three rules for all international’s arrivals:
- They must complete a form with their recent medical history and contact details while in Spain.
- They will be temperature checked.
- They will have a brief assessment by medical staff at the airport.
Anyone failing on any of those three criteria will be taken to an isolation area to be tested for Covid 19. If clear, they will continue on their way. If positive, they will be taken into isolation accommodation.
From the 1st July 2020 arrivals from outside Spain will have to complete the FCS health form within 48 hours of travel to Spain. From the 23rd November 2020 this form will also include a section to confirm travellers have a negative PCR Covid test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival time into Spain.
A new Spanish state of alarm was declared on Sunday 25th October 2020, this is initially for 15 days until the 9th November 2020. The government have introduced a curfew to be implemented by regional authorities from 22.00 hours and 00.00 hours and the end time of that limitation is between 05.00 hours and 07.00 hours. NB: The Canary Islands are currently exempt from the curfew. This state of alarm is expected to be extended for the next 6 months, which would allow the government to implement additional measures as required according to the local Covid situation across the country.
The Spanish government introduced a new law on the 12th November 2020 that international travellers from high risk countries are required to produce a negative PCR Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain, at their departure airport in country of origin. To be implemented from the 23rd November 2020. High risk countries to be determined on a weekly basis by ECDC, where the 14-day notification rate is 50 cases per 100,000 or higher and the test positivity rate is 4% or higher or if the 14-day notification rate is higher than 150 cases per 100,000.
The Spanish government have also updated their laws (BOE-A-2020-15878) for visitors to Spain effective from the 10th December 2020. Visitors from high risk areas must provide a negative test result for Covid-19 which can be a PCR, Transcription-Mediated Amplification test (TMA) or RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification). Children under 6 years old are exempt from testing. The test certificate can be accepted in Spanish, English, French or German.
Spain suspended all non essential incoming flights from the UK effective from 22/12/20 due to the new Covid-19 virus strain.
The first BOE of 2021 on the 01/01/21 was to extend the restriction for non essential flights and boats from the UK for 2 more weeks until 18:00 on the 19/01/21. Excluding Spanish nationals and residents of Spain. This requirement has since been extended until the 02/02/21.
The UK Government currently have the following status for foreign travel advice:
“COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.”
From the 8th June 2020 the UK Government have introduced a 14 day quarantine period for people arriving in the UK to self isolate.
From the 4th July 2020 Spain is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
From the 10th July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate if you have been to Spain for the previous 14 days.
From the 14th July 2020 you will have to complete an entry form within 48 hours of travel to the UK even if travelling from a country that doesn’t require self isolation for 14 days.
From the 26th July 2020 the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Only the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera) are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. If you are returning from Spain (including from the Balearics and Canaries) on or after 26 July you will be required to quarantine on your return to the UK.
From the 27th July 2020 the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country. The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit.
The UK opened an air corridor to the Canary Islands in Spain from 4am on Sunday 25th October 2020.
The UK government closed the air corridor to the Canary Islands from 4am on Saturday 12th November 2020. FCDO advice allows travel to the Canary Islands with quarantine on return. Under 6 year olds are no longer required to take Covid tests prior to travel.
Quarantine for UK arrivals from countries without air corridors will be reduced from 14 to 10 days from Monday 14th December. Plus the new Test to Release scheme due to be implemented from the 15th December 2020 can reduce this down to 5 days with a negative test result.
FCDO advice regarding Covid tests required for Spain changed to may accept Antigen tests on the 15th December, and updated to reflect only PCR, TMA or LAMP tests on the 16th December 2020.
The UK announced lockdown restrictions:
Wales locked down from 20/12/20
Northern Ireland 6 week lockdown from 26/12/20
Scotland lockdown from 05/01/21
England lockdown from 06/01/21 to be reviewed 15/02/21
An announcement on the 08/01/21 confirmed that arrivals into the UK will require a negative Covid test within 72 hours within the next week. This decision includes UK nationals and if there’s no air corridor in place, the quarantine of 10 days remains despite the test result. Children under 11 years old are exempt. The start date has been clarified as 4am Friday 15th January 2021. Border Force will also conduct further checks upon arrival and there will be minimum fines of £500 for anyone caught entering England without a negative Covid test result.
Current Travel Requirements – December 2020
From high risk countries a PCR negative private test result taken within 72 hours of your arrival time in Spain, including a certificate. Excludes children under the age of 6 years old.
From low / medium risk countries, no test is required to travel to the Canary Islands, however tourist accommodation establishments may request a negative Covid test at check in.
Completion of the SPTH form within 48 hours of arrival time in Spain to produce your QR code.
Download and activate the Radar Covid App during your stay, and 15 days following your return home.
Covid Symptoms Freephone & App
The Consejería de Sanidad have activated a freephone number 900 112 061. Calls will be answered by a nursing team who are on hand to advise residents with any concerns and how to deal with suspected cases of Coronavirus. There is also a self assessment Covid App available for anyone suffering with Covid-19 symptoms.
The definitive place for official travel advice for British Citizens travelling to Spain can be found here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain. Unless the UK Government declare that travel to the Canary Islands of Spain is not advised, standard terms & conditions will apply on your existing travel arrangements.
The UK Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
ABTA advice: https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
We will keep this page updated with Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates.