Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

Canary Islands

About

All the islands are of volcanic origin, and the archipelago offers strikingly diverse landscapes including remarkable sub-tropical flora, luxuriant pine woods, giant sand dunes and mountain peaks.

By far the most popular holiday playgrounds are Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Away from the resorts however these islands also offer the most varied landscapes.

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife the island capital. Enjoy its rich architecture, churches, museums and colourful bustling market. Afterwards relax on the golden sands of Playa de Las Teresitas. Take a hike in the Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma, one of the largest and most fertile volcanic craters on earth.

Visit Timanfaya National Park, an awe-inspiring moonscape created by an 18th-century volcanic eruption that covered around one-third of Lanzarote in lava. Take the coach tour, feel the heat of the dormant volcano and book a walking tour.
Country: Spain – Spanish autonomous community
Capital:  Gran Canaria (LPA) 
Currency:  Euro (EUR)
Language:  Spanish. English is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 34
Time Zones: No UTC / GMT offset (2 hours behind South Africa). 
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays:  See SPAIN
Best Time to Go: November - March
Best for: Island Relaxation, Water Sports, National Parks
Plugs: 220 Volts AC 50Hz, two round pins
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, but has a salty taste due to the high mineral content. Bottled water is available.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Normal social courtesies
Local Offences / Laws: Foreigners are required to carry identification at all times, although in practice this is rarely enforced.  
Travel Tips / Warnings: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.  Avoid any touts for time-shares.
Duty Free: Spain is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Spain by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports: Meat and dairy products from outside the EU, and unauthorised firearms and ammunition.
Prohibited Exports: Endangered species require an export permit.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 13/09/2021

Entry is permitted for passengers from European Economic Area and a number of other countries. Passengers travelling from high risk countries must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate on arrival.

Green Countries/Regions

Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland (excluding the regions of Helsinki-Uusimaa, Etelä-Suomi, Länsi-Suomi and Pohjois-ja Itä-Suomi), Hong Kong, Hungary (excluding Budapest), Italy (excluding the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Marche, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Umbria and Veneto), Jordan, Korea (South), Macau, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal (Azores only), Qatar, Romania (Bucureşti-Ilfov, Nord-Est, Nord-Vest, Sud-Est, Sud-Muntenia, Sud-Vest Oltenia and Vest), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia (excluding the regions of Bratislavský kraj and Východné Slovensko), Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, or Uruguay. 

Red Countries/Regions

Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and Namibia.

Mask requirements

  • Passengers aged 6 years and older must wear masks for the duration of their flight, unless they have a medical or other condition that prevents this.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers travelling from red countries/regions are not permitted to enter or transit Spain.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Passengers holding a vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure;
    • Transport personnel, sailors or aeronautical personnel to carry out air transport activities;
    • Staff of diplomatic, consular, military missions, civil protection, humanitarian organisations or international organisations if they are travelling to exercise their duties;
    • Passengers travelling for documented reasons of force majeure, need or humanitarian reasons, provided holding supporting documents; 
    • Family members of nationals and residents of Spain and Andorra, provided they are travelling with, or to join the national or resident.
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter or transit Spain.
  • This does not apply to: 
    • Nationals and residents of the European Union and Schengen Area member states, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican, including their family members;
    • Passengers holding a long-term visa issued by a Schengen Area member state, provided they are travelling on their way to these countries, including their family members;
    • Residents of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of North Macedonia, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, or China, Hong Kong and Macau (provided they have reciprocated this arrangement) with supporting documents, provided they have departed directly from their country of residence, have transited exclusively through these listed countries or have only carried out international airport transit in countries not listed;
    • Healthcare professionals, including health researchers and elderly care professionals;
    • Transport personnel, sailors or aeronautical personnel to carry out air transport activities;
    • Staff of diplomatic, consular, military missions, civil protection, humanitarian organisations or international organisations if they are travelling to exercise their duties;
    • Passengers travelling for emergency family reasons, provided holding proof;
    • Passengers travelling for documented reasons of force majeure, need or family emergency, provided holding supporting documents;
    • Highly skilled workers whose labour is necessary and cannot be performed remotely, including participants of high-level sports competitions taking place in Spain, provided holding supporting documents;
    • Students studying in a Schengen Area member state with a residence permit or visa, provided they are travelling to countries in which they are studying in during or within 15 days prior to the academic year;
    • Passengers holding proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and accompanying minors.
      • Residents of United Kingdom departing from the country can instead present a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test result (only RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, and SDA are accepted) tested within 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Passengers are only permitted to enter Spain through the following airports:
    • Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN),
    • Gran Canaria Airport (LPA),
    • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD),
    • Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP),
    • Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI),
    • Seville Airport (SVQ),
    • Menorca Airport (MAH),
    • Ibiza Airport (IBZ),
    • César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport (ACE),
    • Fuerteventura Airport (FUE),
    • Tenerife South Airport (TFS),
    • Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC),
    • Valencia Airport (VLC),
    • Santander Airport (SDR),
    • Bilbao Airport (BIO).
  • Fully vaccinated Argentinian nationals travelling from Argentina, or fully vaccinated Brazilian nationals travelling from Brazil, may enter Spain via direct flights only.

Form requirements

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Spain unless they are holding a QR code showing they have completed the FCS health control form. Passengers should complete the form here, or through the SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH application.
    • The form must be presented in digital format upon arrival, a paper format will not be accepted.
  • Passengers aged 6 years and older travelling to the Canary Islands are advised to download the RadarCOVID contagion alert app

Test requirements

  • Passengers aged 6 years and older travelling to the Canary Islands from other regions in Spain are required to hold a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 72 hours before arriving in the Canary Islands. Negative test results obtained through RT-PCR test, antigen test, and TMA (transcription-mediated amplification) test are all accepted. The test results must be written in Spanish and will be accepted in either electronic or paper format. Passengers must also submit their negative test results to the Canary Islands Health Service at pdiasviajes@gobiernodecanarias.org prior to arrival.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Crew members performing their duties,
    • Passengers in transit,
    • Passengers holding proof of reservation for a regulated tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands, provided they will submit their negative Covid-19 test results when checking in at the accommodation.
  • Passengers 6 years and older and above from anywhere else than the green countries/regions are required to either hold one of the following documents, or they will be subject to a PCR test within 48 hours upon arrival in Spain and fined up to €3,000:  
    • A negative diagnostic test (only RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, and SDA are accepted) certificate tested within 48 hours prior to arrival;
    • A vaccination certificate proving that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel; or
    • A certificate of recovery proving that they have recovered from Covid-19. The certificate of recovery should include the date of the first positive test, which must be between 180 days and 11 days before travel.
  • The test certificate should be in either English, Spanish, French or German (however other languages are accepted), and in paper or electronic format. It must also contain the passenger's name, personal identifier such as passport or ID number or the passenger's date of birth, date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre that performed the analysis, technique used, and negative test result. 
  • The requirement to hold a test certificate does not apply to
    • Passengers in transit;
    • Crew members; or
    • Passengers travelling from the following countries/regions, this also includes passengers travelling from the following countries/regions who will transit through another country (provided they remain in the transit area) before arriving in Spain:
      • Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, Czechia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Macau, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan or Ukraine;
      • Finland, excluding the regions of Helsinki-Uusimaa, Etelä-Suomi, Länsi-Suomi and Pohjois-ja Itä-Suomi;
      • Romania, excluding the regions of Bucureşti-Ilfov, Nord-Vest and Vest.
  • Passengers will be permitted to travel to Spain in case of a permanently positive PCR test result, provided they have recovered from Covid-19 and they are holding both a Certificate of the PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival, and a medical report stating that the SARS-CoV-2 disease is resolved in spite of the positive PCR test result. This medical report must be written in Spanish or English and must contain the following sentence: "Mr/Mrs XXXXXXX can travel by plane as he / she doesn't transmit Covid-19 in spite of his / her positive PCR" ("Dº/Dª XXXXXXXX puede viajar en avion, al no ser contagioso/a, a pesar de presentar una PCR positiva de Covid-19").
    • The above requirement of holding a test certificate also do not apply to passengers departing from Singapore who will transit through a third country before arriving in Spain, provided they do not leave the international area in the country where they do a stopover.

Quarantine requirements 

  • Passengers aged 6 years and older travelling to the Canary Islands will be subject to a health check on arrival.

Information regarding location specific regulations

  • Passengers travelling to Andalusia are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Madrid are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Catalonia are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Valencian Community are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Galicia  are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Castile and León are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Basque Country are advised to find further information before travel  here.
  • Passengers travelling to Castilla-La Mancha are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Canary Islands are advised to find further information before travel at here.
  • Passengers travelling to Murcia are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Aragon are advised to find further information before travel  here.
  • Passengers travelling to Extremadura are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Balearic Islands are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Asturias are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to Cantabria are advised to find further information before travel here.
  • Passengers travelling to La Rioja  are advised to find further information before travel at here.
  • Passengers travelling to Melilla are advised to find further information before travel here
  • Passengers travelling to Ceuta are advised to find further information before travel here.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

Same as for mainland Spain.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus, Polio