Are Tenerife and Ibiza on the quarantine list? If you have to self isolate after a holiday to the Canary or Balearic islands
The travel advice for mainland Spain, and the Balearic and Canary Islands has changed
People set to jet off to Spain are now being advised by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) against ‘all but essential travel’, following a spike in cases of coronavirus in the country.
Visitors returning to the UK from Spain are also required to quarantine for 14 days.
But are the Balerics and Canary Islands included in the travel advice and quarantine rules? Here’s what you need to know.
Can I still travel to the Balearics or Canaries?
The advice for travellers set to travel mainland Spain was updated on 26 July, advising against ‘all but essential travel’, with the country being removed from the travel corridor list.
This did not initially include the Balearic and Canary Islands, but on 27 July the FCDO updated its advice to include the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The Foreign Office’s official guidance states: “The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
The Canary Islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.
The Balearic Islands comprise Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.
Certain regions of Spain, including popular tourist destinations, have also embarked on new voluntary lockdowns in order to control outbreaks of coronavirus.
Las Palmas and Valleseco (both in Gran Canaria), Tielmes in Madrid, and La Barquilla in Cáceres are currently all in voluntary lockdown.
Will I have to quarantine after returning from the Canary or Balearic Islands?
Visitors returning to the UK from the Canary and Balearic Islands will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
This rule also applies to all visitors returning from mainland Spain.
The quarantine rules apply to people returning to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate on arrival. However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
- Temperature check
- Undergo a visual health assessment
Why has the travel advice changed?
The travel advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona.
The FCDO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time, but travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect both themselves and others, including any measures that the authorities bring in to control the virus.
“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCDO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey,” explains the FCDO.