Heathrow Airport: Travel restrictions in Tenerife as the largest Canary Island imposes strict rules to fight Covid-19

It is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British tourists and the largest of the Canary Islands.

Tenerife, located off the coast of West Africa, is perfect for some winter sun, with at least one flight a day departing from Heathrow Airport to the island.

About 2.25 million British tourists visited Tenerife in 2019, but it now has the strictest restrictions on visitors of all the Canary Islands.

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The island moved its Covid-19 warning to level four or “very high risk” on Monday, January 10.

The associated measures will apply for another week until Monday 24 January, when the local government will review the situation.

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There are no restrictions on entering and exiting the island and there is no curfew.

But a large number of Brits visiting Tenerife during this time will find their activities significantly curtailed.

What are the specific restrictions in Tenerife?

There are a number of rules about what people can and cannot do in Tenerife, including restrictions on the island’s nightlife, public transport and beaches.

A maximum of six people from different households are allowed to meet, while all restaurants must close at midnight with a maximum of six people per table.

Gyms are only allowed to run at one-third of their capacity, while public transportation is limited to 75 percent of capacity if the vehicle has more than nine seats.

Open-air nightclubs have a capacity of up to 75 percent, while nightclubs are limited to a quarter of their capacity.

Stores and businesses must operate at a third of their maximum capacity when indoors, while those outdoors can only welcome half their capacity at a time.

Spas, jacuzzis and saunas are closed; and beaches allow only 50 percent of their capacity, and visitors may need to book ahead.

Evidence of your Covid-19 status, including a vaccination certificate, negative test or a certificate showing that you have recently recovered from the virus, must be presented to gain entry to a number of places.

These include:

  • Restaurants or catering and entertainment venues with a capacity of more than 30 people.

  • Events, celebrations and shows attended by more than 500 people.

  • Cinemas, theaters and the like with a capacity of more than 30 people.

  • Gyms and similar locations.

  • Nursing homes and health centers or institutions when visiting and guiding patients

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What are the entry requirements to fly to Tenerife and mainland Spain?

Those going from Heathrow Airport to a Spanish province or island must submit an online health check form, including for children under 12.

The form can be completed on paper before boarding, but upon arrival at Spanish airports, visitors must present the QR code issued after completing the form.

Tourists must also prove that they have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days to arrive in Spain.

Additional checks may take place on arrival, including a temperature check, visual health assessment or Covid-19 testing at the airport.

Visitors may also be required to undergo a PCR test anytime up to 48 hours after their arrival.

Those who have not been vaccinated can only visit the country if their reason for travel is classified as ‘essential’, unless a waiver applies.

Tourists will not be able to use the UK proof of recovery certifying they have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.

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