updated to 14 / Jan / 2021

The Canary Islands are part of the Kingdom of Spain, therefore the same visa conditions apply for the entry of tourists into the territory of the Canary Islands as for the entry into the territory of the Kingdom of Spain.

Visa conditions

Entry to the Canary Islands requires a valid passport or identity card stating the nationality of the holder of this document, without a specified minimum period of validity of the document when entering or leaving the country.

Every person aged 0 and over entering the Canary Islands must have his / her own travel document.

The maximum length of stay in the Canary Islands without interruption is 90 days. In case of a longer stay, it is necessary to register with the Aliens Police.

Customs conditions

As the Canary Islands are not part of the European customs union, tobacco and alcohol imports are subject to the same rules when traveling from EU countries as when traveling from other parts of the world.

The passenger can bring for his own needs a maximum of:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • or 100 cigarillos;
  • or 50 cigars;
  • or 250 grams of tobacco;
  • 1 liter of hard alcohol with an alcohol content of 22% or more;
  • or 2 liters of hard alcohol with an alcohol content of 22% or of sparkling wine or liqueurs;
  • 4 liters of wine;
  • 16 liters of beer.

There is an unlimited amount of medicines that are intended for personal use, and the amount of medicines must take into account the expected length of stay.

Pets are allowed through authorized airports and ports:

  • Las Plamas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPS);
  • Tenerife Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN);
  • Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia Airport (TFS);
  • the port of Las Palmas – Puerto de La Luz;
  • port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

COVID restrictions on travel to Spain and the Canary Islands.

COVID restrictions on travel to Spain and the Canary Islands.

As part of COVID measures, you can visit the Canary Islands if you are traveling from a European Union country, a Schengen country or a third country with which Spain has reciprocal passenger acceptance agreements. These currently include Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

QR code

Every passenger arriving in the Canary Islands, as well as the Kingdom of Spain, must present a QR code upon arrival.

Before the trip, you need to visit https://www.spth.gob.es/ or download the mobile application. From 48 hours before departure, it is necessary to enter travel data, on the basis of which the passenger will receive the QR code needed to enter the islands.

The QR code must be in printed form or in digital form in the application on the mobile device.

COVID-19 tests

Everyone who comes on holiday to the Canary Islands must go through a health inspection. This inspection varies depending on your exact circumstances.

If you are traveling to the Canary Islands from outside Spain from high risk countries:

Test to diagnose active COVID-19 infection with negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival . The test must be approved by the healthcare authorities of your own country or of the European Union.

A health check at the airport that includes a visual inspection to rule out symptoms and a temperature check (fever is defined as a body temperature of 37,5ºC or higher).

Only PCR (RT-PCR) and TMA tests are accepted.

If you are traveling to the Canary Islands from outside Spain from medium or low risk countries:

Test for the diagnosis of active COVID-19 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 hours before arrival. The test only needs to be submitted when staying in a regulated tourist facility. A negative diagnostic test is not required for children under 6 years of age. The test must be approved by the healthcare authorities of your country or the European Union.

A health check at the airport that includes a visual inspection to rule out symptoms and a temperature check (fever is defined as a body temperature of 37,5ºC or higher).

PCR (RT-PCR), TMA and antigen tests are accepted.

If you travel from another autonomous community within Spain.

Test for the diagnosis of active COVID-19 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 hours before arrival. The test only needs to be submitted when staying in a regulated tourist facility. A negative diagnostic test is not required for children under 6 years of age. The test must be approved by the healthcare authorities of your country or the European Union.

PCR (RT-PCR), TMA and antigen tests are accepted.

In any case, it is extremely important you check your operator or airline’s conditions before travelling to Canary Islands.

What test documentation is required?

The test must come with a printed or digital certificate that contains the following information: name, surnames and ID number of the person tested, name of the health organisation or authority that does the test, contact details of the medical centre, brand and health authorisation of the test, date and time of the test, and the test result. In the case of antigen tests, the certificate must include the accuracy (min. 97%) and sensitivity (min. 80%) of the test. It is preferable if the test certificate is in English or Spanish.

More information: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/11/12/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-14049.pdf

Radar Covid

Tourists are advised to install the Covid Radar application.

COVID radar is an application that has been programmed to identify as risky contacts those people whose devices were found more than 15 minutes away from the devices of people diagnosed with COVID-19. These 15 minutes are calculated as the accumulated time in 24 hours.

It is recommended to leave the application installed on your mobile device for another 15 days after returning from the Canary Islands.

COVID-19 insurance

The advantage of staying in a licensed facility is Canarias Covid insurance, which was taken out by the Canary Government with AXA and only applies to stays in licensed facilities.

This insurance covers:

  • hospital bills due to Covid-19;
  • if necessary, repatriation to the place of usual residence.

Epidemiological measures related to COVID-19