Latest UK Foreign Office travel advice for Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote
After more than a year of lockdown with vacations abroad completely irrelevant, it’s no surprise that people are desperate for a trip.
And now summer is on the horizon, our reservation fingers are struggling to find a place with scorching sun and crystal clear oceans.
Unfortunately, there is a problem.
Since the pandemic first hit our shores, there has been a travel ban for everyone without a “reasonable excuse” and “I have to go to the beach” does not count as such.
Things are looking up, however, as Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said overseas vacations would resume on May 17 at the earliest.
Despite this, every country in the world has introduced their own travel tips and rules, so if you want to go abroad this summer, you need to know the situation.
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are all part of the Canary Islands.
As Spanish territories, similar restrictions apply to these areas as to the rest of Spain, although some distinctions remain.
Who can enter?
As it stands, although the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Spain. the Canary Islands are not included.
Despite this, Spain severely restricts travel to the country.
Coming from the UK, the only people allowed to enter Spain 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
For all these documents, proof will be required.
As of November 2020, pre-travel coronavirus testing is required for all people traveling by air and sea from ‘at risk’ countries, including the UK.
Prior to arrival, everyone should also complete and sign an online health check-up form stating any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and providing contact details.
The form can be found here.
At the arrival
After jumping through the hoops described above before arrival, you may be subject to other requirements when you land.
These could include:
- Perform a temperature test
- Take a visual health assessment
- Presentation of documents proving that your trip is valid
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