Can I come on holiday to the Canaries, and what is open?

2020/06/21 10:04:09 Written by Canarian Weekly National

Spain's borders reopen today to travellers from EU countries, the Schengen area, and the UK with no requirement to quarantine.

This also applies to tourists arriving from the UK, as announced by the Spanish Foreign Minister on Saturday, as UK travellers have the same rights of freedom of travel during the transition period of leaving the UK.

Temperatures will be checked of all passengers on arrival at all Spanish airports, including the Canary Islands, by thermal imaging cameras, and everyone will need to complete an e-form confirming where they are staying, for how long and contact details.
Any passengers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be taken for PCR testing for COVID-19.

The UK still has a 14-day quarantine requirement for any arrivals to the country, which has been in place since June 8th, but is set to be reviewed on June 29th, and pressure is building for the UK Government to remove it, and move forward on plans for “Air Bridges” to 10 or more European countries this Summer including Spain. At the same time they will review the FCOs travel ban on nonessential international travel.

Here in the Canary Islands, the state of alarm ends at midnight tonight, and from then on we are under more relaxed rules which will be reviewed and altered accordingly, until the end of the threat of a health emergency.

The use of masks are now very simple, it is obligatory to wear a mask:
When you go shopping or into commercial premises.
Anywhere outside that you cannot keep a distance of 1.5m from other people who you are not out with.
When using public transport.

Masks are not necessary when you are out in public, walking, doing sports activities, by a pool, on the beach, in the car, in a bar, in a restaurant, on a terrace, at a friends house, or in a group of up to 20 people.
It is recommended to have one on you at all times, just in case.

Restaurants and bars are now allowed to open both inside and out, with 1.5m social distancing rules in effect, but no limitations on capacity.
Many are now starting to reopen, and more will during July and August, as increased numbers of tourists head to the islands and hotels start to reopen too.
Nightclubs and discos are currently closed.

Hotel groups are starting to announce staggered opening dates of their establishments, starting on July 1st, then more on July 15th, then through August and September until all, or nearly all, are back open and operational as normal with their bars, restaurants and pools open from day one.

Jorge Marichal, the president of hoteliers associations Ashotel and CEHAT, predicts that in September the Islands will have the first 'big influx' of British tourists, and that tourist arrival figures will be back to 'normal' levels before the end of the year, with 2021 bookings already looking very positive.

Airlines and tour operators have also announced when they will resume service as follows:
Wizzair have been operating flights during lockdown, and will increase service in July.
Ryanair have said they will start again on July 1st with 40% of their flights operating.
Jet2 will start flights and holidays from July 15th.
TUI have cancelled all holidays up to July 10th, and say they plan to resume flights on the 11th.
Easyjet resumed domestic flights in the UK on June 15th, and have said they will be running 75% of their flights by August, but there are no specific dates at the moment.

Regarding excursions, some boats, watersports, and other daytime activities are operating for residents now, in anticipation of tourists arriving on the island.
Big attractions such as Siam Park, Loro Parque, Aqualand etc, are still closed with no dates for opening as yet, and night-time shows are closed also.