What do I need to travel to the Canary Islands?

Who can visit the Canary Islands?

You can visit the Canary Islands as long as you are travelling from the European Union, from a Schengen country or from a third country with which Spain has reciprocity agreements regarding the acceptance of travellers. These are Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand and Singapore.

To plan your return, we recommend that you always consult the requirements and recommendations of your country of origin.

Do I have to carry out any special formalities before travelling to the Canary Islands and at the airport?

All persons arriving in the Canary Islands to enjoy their holidays will have to undergo a health check. This control is different depending on the situation in which you find yourself:

If you are travelling from a high-risk area outside Spain:

  • You will only be able to access level 3 and 4 islands if you are staying in a regulated tourist establishment, are in transit or are travelling through one of the exceptions. Check which alert level each island is currently in here.
  • Sanitary Control Form (FCS) that you must fill in and sign telematically before your trip to the Canary Islands.
  • Negative PCR, TMA or  RT-LAMP  test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands.
  • Check here the list of risk areas.
  • Health check at the airport consisting of taking temperature (fever shall mean body temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 ºC and visual verification of the absence of symptoms.

If you are travelling from a low-risk area outside Spain:

  • You will only be able to access level 3 and 4 islands if you are staying in a regulated tourist establishment, are in transit or are travelling through one of the exceptions. Check which alert level each island is currently at here.
  • Health Control Form (FCS) that you must complete and sign telematically before your trip to the Canary Islands.
  • Only if you are staying in a tourist establishment: Diagnostic test for active infection by COVID-19 with negative result carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. You must present it during check-in at the tourist accommodation of your choice.Children under 6 years of age must not present any type of negative diagnostic test. The test must be approved by the health authorities of your country or the European Union.
  • The tests accepted are PCR (RT-PCR of COVID-19) and Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA). Rapid tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens with a specificity of more than 97% and a sensitivity of more than 80% are also valid, in accordance with their corresponding approval.
  • Airport health check consisting of taking a temperature (fever shall mean a body temperature equal to or higher than 37.5ºC)  and visual verification of the absence of symptoms.

If you are travelling from another autonomous community in Spain and you are NOT staying in a regulated tourist establishment:

  • Diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection with negative result performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. Mandatory.
  • The tests accepted are PCR (RT-PCR of COVID-19) and Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA). Rapid tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens with a specificity of more than 97% and a sensitivity of more than 80% are also valid, in accordance with their corresponding approval.
  • In exceptional cases it will be possible to undergo the test within 72 hours of arrival in the Canary Islands or opt for isolation for 10 days. You must send the certificate by email to the address pdiasviajes@gobiernodecanarias.org with the subject flight number and date of arrival.

If you are travelling from another autonomous community in Spain and you are staying in a regulated tourist establishment:

  • You must prove upon arrival on the islands that you have a reservation in tourist accommodation.
  • Diagnostic test for active infection by COVID-19 with a negative result carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. You must present it during check-in at the tourist accommodation of your choice. Children under 6 years of age must not present any type of negative diagnostic test. The test must be approved by the health authorities. We provide you with a list of some authorised centres in Spain.
  • The tests accepted are PCR (RT-PCR of COVID-19) and Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA). Rapid tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens with a specificity of more than 97% and a sensitivity of more than 80%, according to their corresponding approval, are also valid.

In any case, it is essential that you check the conditions of your operator or airline before travelling to the Canary Islands.

Inter-island travel

Inter-island travel is now fully restored, with daily connections from any island to any other island without difficulty, both by air and by ship. Binter and Canaryfly are the airlines with which you can travel between islands and Fred OlsenArmsBiosfera Express and Romero Lines the shipping companies.

There are no limitations on inter-island travel.

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