Heathrow Airport: Latest overseas travel tips for Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote
The people of Berkshire will dream of going on a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation to one of the Spanish islands.
After more than a year of very restricted travel, it looks like vacationing abroad may soon be back on the cards.
MyLondon reports that thousands of Britons may soon be able to spend time basking in the bright sunshine and swimming in the blue waters of the Canary Islands.
At the moment, vacations abroad are still illegal and only essential travel is allowed – which does not include two weeks of fun in Lanzarote.
However, Transportation Secretary Grant Schapps said overseas vacations could resume on Monday, May 17 at the earliest, depending on the current coronavirus situation.
But that doesn’t mean that anyone who wants to fly can do whatever they want – there will likely be a lot of rules and regulations to follow.
Every country in the world has its own entry rules, and that won’t change.
The Canary Islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are extremely popular with British travelers.
As Spanish territories, they have rules similar to the mainland, but there are some distinctions.
Who is authorized to travel to the Canary Islands?
The Canary Islands are not included in the Foreign Ministry’s opinion that only essential travel is advised in Spain.
However, Spain itself has strict entry rules.
The only authorized persons are:
- Citizens and legal residents of the European Union, the Schengen States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See); and San Marino, will not be subject to entry restrictions into Spain
- Essential workers such as healthcare professionals, transport personnel, diplomatic personnel or aid workers.
- People who travel for important family reasons
- Students studying in the country
Documented proof will be required for anyone wishing to enter the country.
What do you need to do?
As of November last year, pre-travel Covid testing has been mandatory for anyone traveling to Spain by air or sea from ‘at risk’ countries, including the UK.
Before their arrival, people must complete an online health check-up form stating any known history of exposure to Covid-19 and giving their contact details.
The form can be found here.
What happens when you arrive?
After filling out the forms and doing some testing, there might be more things to do on arrival.
- Perform a temperature test
- Take a visual health assessment
- Presentation of documents proving that your trip is valid