Spain travel rules: Tenerife introduces rule of six as British tourists face tougher Covid restrictions

Tenerife in the Canary Islands has now been upgraded to the highest level of Covid-19 rules at alert level 4

The Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formenta, and most of the Canary Islands, such as Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma, are currently facing Spanish Alert Level 3 restrictions.

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Tenerife has been upgraded to the highest level of Covid-19 rules at alert level 4 (Photo: Getty Images)

However, Tenerife in the Canary Islands has now been upgraded to the highest level of Covid-19 rules at alert level 4.

What are the rules of level four?

Under level 4 restrictions, pubs and restaurants in Tenerife are now subject to a curfew and must close their doors at midnight.

Public transport is also limited to 75% of capacity to minimize the risk of transmission in confined spaces.

A maximum of six people are now allowed to gather, both indoors and outdoors, excluding those who are part of the same household.

Vaccination passports are required to access some covered venues, including bars, restaurants and gyms, and nightclubs are also limited to 25% capacity.

Rules also require spas, jacuzzis and saunas to close and outdoor pools to only operate at 33% capacity.

Beaches have a 50% capacity and a “prior appointment” may be required to visit some sites to avoid overcrowding, according to the Spanish islands’ tourist boards.

The Canary Islands of Lanzarote, La Palma, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura will still remain at Level 3, meaning venues are subject to 1am closing hours and limited indoor seating capacity.

The smaller islands of El Hierro and La Gomera are currently on Level 2.

Why have the rules been tightened?

Rules in Tenerife have been tightened in response to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

On Tuesday (January 11), the island registered 3,573 new cases, according to government figures.

The Level 4 rules will remain in effect until January 20, after which they will be revised.

What are the entry requirements of Spain?

All arrivals to Spain from the UK must present a health check form and proof of vaccination on entry. This rule applies to everyone from the age of 12.

Travelers must demonstrate that they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.

Spain accepts the UK’s NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination status. Anyone traveling with a printed PDF vaccination certificate must ensure that the certificate is dated November 1st in order to be able to scan successfully.

A medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19 in the last six months prior to travel will not be accepted for arrivals from the UK.

Under previous rules, Spain had allowed British travelers to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter, but this is no longer accepted.

Spain currently has no testing or quarantine requirements to prove that you are fully vaccinated.

If you are traveling to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to provide a negative test, depending on the region you are traveling from.

You can check the admission requirements on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you travel to make sure you know what is expected.

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