Spain travel rules: latest Covid restrictions for Tenerife and Canary islands - entry requirements from UK

Tenerife in the Canary Islands has now been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at alert Level 4

Holidaymakers travelling to the popular Spanish islands from the UK face tougher Covid restrictions after rules tightened in response to rising cases.

The Balearic islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formenta, and some of the Canary Islands are currently facing Spanish alert Level 3 restrictions.

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Tenerife has been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at alert Level 4 (Photo: Getty Images)

However, Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands have been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at alert Level 4.

What are the level four rules?

Under Level 4 restrictions, pubs and restaurants in Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria are subject to a curfew and must close their doors at midnight.

Public transport is also capped at 75% capacity to help minimise the risk of transmission in enclosed spaces.

A maximum of six people are now allowed to meet, either indoors or outdoors, except for those who are part of the same household.

Vaccine passports are needed to gain entry to some indoor venues, including bars, restaurants and gyms, and nightclubs have also been capped at 25% capacity.

Rules also mean that spas, jacuzzis and saunas must close, and outdoor pools can only operate at 33% capacity.

Beaches have a 50% capacity and a “prior appointment” may be needed to visit some venues to avoid overcrowding, according to the tourist boards for the Spanish islands.

The Canary islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura still remain on Level 3, meaning venues are subject to closing hours of 1am and limited capacity for indoor seating.

The smaller islands of El Hierro and La Gomera are currently at Level 2.

Why have rules been tightened?

The rules in Tenerife have been tightened in response to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

On 11 January, the island recorded 3,573 new cases, according to government figures.

The Level 4 rules are due to remain in place until 20 January, after which they will be reviewed.

What are Spain’s entry requirements?

All arrivals to Spain from the UK are required to present a Health Control Form and proof of vaccination on entry. This rule applies to everyone over the age of 12.

Travellers must show they have received both doses of a two dose vaccine, or one dose of a one dose vaccine, at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.

Spain will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination status. Those travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination must ensure the certificate dates from 1 November in order for it to be scanned successfully.

A medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19 in the last six months prior to travel is not accepted for arrivals from the UK.

Under previous rules, Spain had allowed UK travellers to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter, but this is no longer accepted.

Spain does not currently have any testing or quarantine requirements on top of proving you are fully vaccinated.

If you are travelling to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to present a negative test depending on the region you are travelling from.

You can check the entry requirements on the Foreign Office website before travelling to make sure you know what is expected.

Do I need a booster dose?

From February 1, Spain will only allow UK visitors to enter if they can prove they were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 within the last 270 days.

This means that anyone who received their second dose more than nine months ago must have had a booster jab to be allowed entry, and this must have been given more than 14 days before travel.

Spain’s official travel website Safe Spain states: “From February 1, 2022, in order to travel to Spain with a vaccination certificate, the certificate must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination was no more than 270 days ago.”

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