Canary Islands Are Fully Open And Safe From The Recent Volcano Eruption

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The Canary Islands remain open to tourism. All EU, Schengen countries and some 3rd party countries can enter. A negative PCR test is required from all arrivals. Quarantine is not mandatory.

Hotels and other accommodations may require visitors to present a negative Covid-19 test, a vaccination certificate or proof of having had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. 

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.

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September 21 – Canary Islands are safe from the recent volcano eruption and welcoming visitors to see it

La Palma in the Canary Islands has evacuated more than 5,000 residents after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sunday, however the Islands are safe to visit and a “wonderful show”, according to Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto on Monday.

So far there are no restrictions to visit the islands, on the contrary, visitors are welcome to “enjoy something unusual,” said the minister.

Source: Reuters

Vaccination progress in Spain

Who can travel to the Canary Islands?

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All visitors coming from the E.U plus the Schengen Associated countries and every third country with which Spain has travel agreement reciprocity. As of now, those countries are,

  • Australia
  • China
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • The United Kingdom
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

As of June 7, fully vaccinated visitors from countries other than these can also travel to the Canary Islands.


What are the requirements to be allowed entry to the Canary Islands?

There are two procedures that you need to keep in mind.

  • A negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival on the islands. Other allowed tests are TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) and RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification) or
  • A Covid-19 vaccine certificate.
  • Fill out the Health Control Form (FCS) Up to 48 hours before arrival and get the QR code. This is only required for people visiting from outside Spain.

Check here for the most up to date details and for a full list of high-risk countries / areas.

What airlines are currently flying to the Canary Islands? 

What type of restrictions or requirements should visitors expect at the airport?

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The “new normal” ones found at any other European airports.

  • All travelers will be screened for coronavirus symptoms. It includes but it is not limited to temperature check, document verification and passengers’ visual examination.
  • Everyone must wear a mask at all times while at the airport.

Keep in mind that many airlines no longer allow carry-on luggage in the cabin, except for a bag for personal use that fits under the seat.

Is wearing a mask mandatory?

Face masks are mandatory at all indoor public spaces.

Is it safe to visit the Canary Islands?

Yes, the Canary Islands are fairly safer than the rest of Spain. At present over 70% of our population is vaccinated against COVID-19 (above the average for Europe).

What activities are allowed on the Islands?

Visitors can move freely between the islands. Traveling among islands is fully restored. There are daily connections from and to all islands by plane or boat. 

What tourist places are open to tourists? 

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  • Hotels and resorts 
  • Swimming pools
  • Beaches and other natural places 
  • Restaurants and similar businesses
  • Guided tours 
  • Cultural events 
  • Spas and wellness centers
  • Gyms 
  • Golf fields 
  • Night clubs
  • Open air tourism such as trekking and hiking

What is the COVID-19 situation on the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands have also been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

As of today, there are 3,987 active cases and 973 people have lost their lives to the virus. 

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