Are Tenerife and Ibiza on the quarantine list? If you have to self isolate after a trip to the Canary or Balearic islands

The travel advice for Spain is based on the risks of COVID-19 in the country

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 9:42 am

Those wanting to jet off to mainland Spain are being advised by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) against ‘all but essential travel’, following a rise in cases of coronavirus in the country.

Visitors returning to the UK from Spain are also required to quarantine for 14 days.

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But are the Balearics and Canary Islands included in the travel advice and quarantine rules? Here’s what you need to know.

Are the Balerics and Canary Islands included in the travel advice and quarantine rules? (Photo: Shutterstock)
Are the Balerics and Canary Islands included in the travel advice and quarantine rules? (Photo: Shutterstock)

Can I still travel to the Balearics or Canaries?

The FCDO are still advising against ‘all but essential travel’ for the Balearic Islands, which comprise Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. A 14-day quarantine period is in place for those returning from the Balearics to the UK.

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.

However, the Canary Islands have now been removed from the UK’s quarantine list and are also exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on Sunday 25 October.

The Canary Islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.

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What are the entry requirements for Spain?

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 are mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands on the quarantine list?

The travel advice for parts of Spain is based on the risks of COVID-19 in the country.

The FCDO explains, “The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.”

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.