What are the Canary Islands’ current Covid rules and restrictions?

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    People arriving in the UK from The Canary Islands no longer have to quarantine for two weeks. (Picture: Getty)

    While travel restrictions remain in place for the rest of Spain, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands has now been lifted, opening up the possibility of trips to islands such as Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

    Although a state of emergency has been announced by the Spanish government for mainland Spain to try and fight the second wave of coronavirus affecting the country, the associated restrictions such as the night time curfew do not apply to the Canary Islands.

    As the Canary Islands are also exempt from the FCO’s advice against all non-essential international travel, the chance of taking a holiday to one of the islands and snapping up some winter sun is a genuine possibility now.

    But what are the coronavirus restrictions like when you actually arrive and while you are there?

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    What are the Canary Islands’ current Covid restrictions?

    The Canary Islands are subject to some of the same rules as Spain when it comes to international travellers arriving in the country.

    Although you will not be required to self-isolate after you land in the country, those arriving in the Canary Islands will have to undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment, as well as providing contact information and details of any history of exposure to COVID-19 in the days prior to your trip.

    While visiting the Canary Islands, you must maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people not in your household and the rules also state that you ‘cannot smoke cigarettes, vape or use any other smoking device unless you can ensure that you are at least two metres away from other people.’

    Women wearing masks arrive at Las Teresitas beach in the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.

    You must wear a face masks both indoors and outdoors when out in public. (Picture: DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

    To maintain social distancing, the islands have imposed restrictions on the capacity of restaurants, bars and certain common areas in hotels and other tourist accommodation.

    There are also restrictions in place at beaches and pools to prevent overcrowding and control visitor numbers. Prior booking is required at all tourist attractions, too.

    The Canary Islands also have a mandatory policy on wearing face masks in a number of places around the island.

    Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six in the following places:

    • Both outdoors and in enclosed public spaces, except when eating, drinking or doing exercise.
    • On public transport and on tour busses
    • When arriving, leaving and walking or moving around a beach or pool area. Masks may only be removed when swimming or if you are sitting or lying down, without moving from that one spot.

    Those with a disability or a respiratory condition are exempt from the rules on wearing masks.

    Water sports, outdoor activities and exercise are still allowed, but games of golf must only be played between four people and social distancing is advised at all times.

    For more information on the Covid safety measures being implemented by the Canary Islands, visit their tourist board’s website here.

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