Latest UK Foreign Office travel advice for Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

After over a year of lockdown with holidays abroad completely off the cards it’s no surprise people are desperate for a trip.

And now summer is on the horizon, our booking fingers are getting itchy to find somewhere with baking sun and crystal clear oceans.

Unfortunately there’s a hitch.

Since the pandemic first hit our shores there’s been a travel ban for everyone without a ‘reasonable excuse’ and ‘I need to go to the beach’ doesn’t count as one.

Things are looking up though as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that said foreign holidays will resume on May 17 at the earliest.


Despite this every country in the world has introduced their own travel advice and rules so if you want to get abroad this Summer you need to know the situation.

Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are all part of the Canary Islands.

As Spanish territories similar restrictions apply to these areas as the rest of Spain although some distinctions remain.

Who can enter?

As it stands, although the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to Spain. the Canary Islands are not included in this.

Despit this Spain are heavily restricting travel into the country.

Coming from the UK, the only people allowed into Spain are:

  • Citizens and legal residents of the European Union, Schengen states, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See); and San Marino, will not face entry restrictions to Spain.
  • Essential workers such as health care professionals, transport personnel, diplomatic staff or humanitarian workers.
  • People travelling for important family reasons
  • Students studying in the country

For all of these documented proof will be required.

Pre-travel requirements

Since November 2020, pre-travel coronavirus tests have been required for everyone travelling in via air and sea from ‘risk’ countries which includes the UK.

Before arrival everyone must alsot complete and sign an online Health Control Form declaring any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and giving contact details.

The form can be found here.


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