Can I travel to Tenerife or not? Your questions answered
After the president of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres announced yesterday of the “perimeter closure” of Tenerife due to the high incidence of the pandemic on the island, many visitors, not just tourists, have not surprisingly, got very confused and angry about the situation, and have expressed their doubts on social media.
There are basically two types of travellers to the island, resident and non-resident (i.e. tourists), and there are different rules for each.
The main doubt lies in tourism. Can tourists travel to Tenerife? The answer is yes… in fact tourist movement to and from Tenerife continues to function in exactly the same manner it has been until now.
The main requirements to enter the island are:
- A confirmed accommodation reservation.
- A certificate for a negative Covid test.
- A QR code after completing the online public health form.
Regarding accommodation there is no specification as what it should be, although the decree enabling travel from November 14th states that licensed accommodation is required, which is to your benefit as you will also qualify for the free Covid insurance offered by the Canary Islands Government should you need it. Please also note that it is not permitted to come to the island to stay with friends or family, as one of the things that the restr¡ictions are to prevent, is people mixing.
Although the Canaries have said that antigen tests are acceptable, Foreign Health controlling the borders take their instructions from the Ministry of Health in Spain, who don’t. So it is advisable to either get a PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR) test, or a TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) test, which the Spanish Government has also announced that it will accept for international travellers from high-risk countries, performed 72 hours before your arrival in order to prove a negative diagnosis of active infection by Covid-19.
As part of the documentary control carried out at airports and ports, you may be requested, at any time, to show the results of your Covid test. The certificate must be the original, can be in English, and may be submitted in either paper or digital format.
This document will need to contain, at the very least, the following information: the passenger’s name, passport number or national identity number, date of the test, name and contact details of the place the test was carried out, technique used and negative test result.
All this information is also submitted on your Health Control Form completed 48 hours before you travel, so you may not be asked at all when you arrive, as you have submitted the information, along with your accommodation details, on the form.
You can obtain the form from app stores called “Spain Travel Health app-SpTH”, or online in English here: https://www.spth.gob.es
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Residents are allowed to travel to the island under conditions reflected in article 6 of the decree of state of alarm of October 25th, which is basically, essential travel.
You can come to the island for a medical appointment in health centres, for work obligations, and yes, you can travel to Tenerife to be part of a business meeting.
Education is also valid, if having to go to an educational centre, in the same way that those students who are outside of Tenerife will be able to return home.
The return to your usual place of residence is also allowed, something for which a total of 20,000 applications have already been received by the government, as they have offered to pay for tests for people returning home.
Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities, or especially vulnerable people, to go to financial and insurance entities, and everything related to required, or urgent, actions before public judicial or notarial bodies as well are reflected in the decree, in addition to the renewal of official documentation.