Tenerife travel advice: latest guidance on holidays, flights and quarantine as coronavirus cases continue to rise

As the UK reimposes quarantine rules for travellers returning from Spain, how does that affect travel to its islands?

While international travel to and from Scotland is not banned per se, travellers arriving from certain countries overseas may be required, by law, to quarantine by self-isolation for 14 days after arrival.

In England, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted due to the ongoing national lockdown that is due to last until at least 2 December. Under the lockdown, you must stay at home, and must not travel in the UK or overseas.

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People sunbathe at Las Teresitas in Tenerife on 25 May 2020, the first day after beaches reopened in parts of the country after months-long closures (Photo: DESIREE MARTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

So how does that affect travel to Tenerife?

Here’s everything you need to know:

What are the lockdown restrictions in Spain?

On 2 October, the Spanish Health Ministry advised regional governments to apply entry and exit restrictions in areas with populations of 100,000 or more, and whose Covid-19 incidence rate and ICU capacity are higher than the specified threshold.

These rules shouldn’t affect Spain’s islands, but you should refer to the regional and local authorities for further information regarding exemptions.

Many municipal authorities and regional governments have issued advice to visitors and residents, and have imposed controls on opening hours and reduced capacity for bars and nightclubs.

Social gathering limitations may vary between a maximum of 5 to 10 people depending on where you are. The situation is evolving so you should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times.

A number of outbreaks of Covid-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm. You should consult the Ministry of Health map for information on their locations.

The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Social distancing advice remains in place throughout Spain.

For more information on Spain’s social distancing measures, head to the FCO’s website

Have there been any local lockdowns?

A number of local outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified since the end of the country’s ‘State of Alarm’ of 21 June (Spain is now in the ‘new normal’ phase of its de-escalation strategy).

You can consult this Ministry of Health map for information on their locations, and if you are staying in any of the affected areas, the FCO advise that you “follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Do I have to quarantine when I arrive in Spain?

Travellers arriving from the United Kingdom are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Spain. However, from 23 November, there will be some requirements for testing on arrival.

All passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in order to enter the country.

The UK is included on the list of ‘risk’ countries as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control, and so passengers from there must abide by these regulations.

This requirement applies to all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, regardless of your residency status in Spain and the length of time you intend on staying.

From 14 November, if you’re travelling to the Canary Islands and are booked into regulated tourist accommodation, you will be obliged to produce an official, negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours earlier, when checking in to your accommodation, and download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout your stay on the islands, and for 15 days after your return home.

These measures apply to all guests aged 6 years and over.

Do I have to self-isolate when I return to the UK?

Spain was one of the countries assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad, but it has since been removed from the ‘safe’ list following a surge in cases.

This means travellers once again have to undergo a 14-day mandatory self-isolation period on their return to the UK.

But the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands was lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on 25 October. You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.