Travelling to Tenerife. Updated information

Post updated on July 4th

Almost the entire Spanish territory and, therefore, Tenerife, has now passed all of the transition phases leading into the so-called ‘new normal’, which came into effect on Sunday, June 21st.

From that date onwards, it is now possible to travel to Tenerife without having to carry out any form of quarantine, be it from another Canary Island, any other part of Spain (except those areas that have gone back to a previous phase of de-escalation) or the rest of the countries belonging to the European Union, with the notable exception of Portugal, whose border control remains active until June 30, at the request of the Portuguese authorities.

Before travelling to Tenerife

From July 1st, 2020, if you fly to Spain from other countries, it is mandatory to fill out and sign the FCS form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality, age or any other consideration.

This form must be completed by each of the passengers who will be responsible for ensuring that the information provided is true and accurate. In the event that the passenger is a minor or a dependent/disabled person, the form can be filled in by their tutor, who will be responsible for the veracity of the information provided.

Before traveling to Spain, make sure you have signed the form, on the web spth.gob.es or in the official mobile app. With this you will get the Health QR Code that you will have to show (paper or mobile) at the airport health control to be able to continue your trip.

If you sign the form from the app, it will appear in the ‘My Travel’ section, in addition to receiving an email that you can print.

On planes and around the airport:

• The use of a mask is mandatory, both within airport facilities and on aeroplanes, following the orders given by airport authorities and airlines.

• Each passenger will travel with a preassigned seat number and may be required to offer information regarding personal details, onward location, health and the flight on which they arrived on the island. This information must be held by the company for a minimum of four weeks after the journey.

• The Foreign Health department is using cameras to carry out temperature checks of all international passengers arriving at the island’s airports.

• There is a possibility of random temperature controls being carried out on passengers.

• Online check-in is recommended, although it must be born in mind that many airlines are no longer allowing carry-on baggage in the cabin, except for a small bag for personal use that fits under the seat.

Holidays in Tenerife

In general:

The use of a mask is mandatory for people over six years of age in general public, inside public places and on public transport (airplanes, buses, etc.), whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be respected. Exceptions are when sports are being carried out, when eating and drinking and/or in the case of disability or respiratory disease.

In shops and establishments:

• Different rules regarding capacity have been set in place to avoid crowds, as well as measures regarding disinfection, prevention and reconditioning in all areas.

• In communal areas, appropriate organisational measures to adopt have been clearly set out in order to avoid crowds and ensure that clients and workers maintain a minimum interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 metres. If this is not possible, alternative measures will be taken.

In accommodation establishments:

• Each establishment is obliged to have a specific Contingency Plan to reduce and avoid the spread of COVID-19, with the aim of complying with all of the hygiene and cleaning measures that have been reinforced, as well as personnel training.

• Fabric items within rooms have been reduced, and the blankets and pillows that are stored in cupboards must be protected.

• Large gatherings of people should be avoided, and the use of communal areas must be carried out in compliance with the correct interpersonal distances, which has been set at 1.5 metres.

• Entertainment activities will be carried out in the open air, maintaining the correct distances and avoiding the exchange of materials. The same applies to the use of swimming pools.

• In dining areas, hydroalcoholic gels will be positioned at the entrance, tables will be 1.5 metres apart and will be cleaned and disinfected between one group of clients and the next. Items of shared use, such as serviette holders or toothpick dispensers, will be removed.

• Buffets must be separated from customers by the use of a protective screen, offering fresh or pre-prepared products in individual portions, protected from the environment.

• The provision of it not being permitted for accommodation to be shared by people who do no live together has now been removed.

On means of transport:

• On all means of transport, be it public or private in the case of rental cars, companies are obliged to comply with specific health and hygiene standards.

• They all must have the maximum allowed capacity clearly visible as well as the measures they have adopted to maintain social distancing.

• Buses will be entered via the rear door and you must follow the seat recommendations if places are not previously assigned.

• Rental cars will be disinfected and used on rotation, meaning that the first car to be handed in will be the last to be used again.

On the beach:

• The interpersonal security distance of 1.5 metres mut be maintained at all times, limiting the capacity to 4 square metres per person. Some beaches offer systems for prior reservation.

• Sunbed services must comply with security measures, through the correct cleaning and disinfection between clients. The use of a towel is mandatory.

• Groups of sunbeds must be separated by 1.5 metres, which ensures the correct safety distance with other people.

• The use of showers and foot washes must be carried out respecting the one-person-at-a-time rule.

Restaurant and catering services:

• The distance of at least 1.5 metres between clients and staff will be encouraged, avoiding crowds.

• Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be located at the entrance.

• Between one group of clients and the next, tables will be disinfected and the staff will indicate which one is ready for use.

• The tables will be separated from each other by at least 1.5 metres and waiters will wear a mask during service.

• The use of self-service items such as serviette dispensers, salt and pepper pots or menus is not allowed.

Nature tourism

• Outdoor and nature-based activities are allowed: hiking, cycle tours, paragliding, surfing, wind and kitesurfing, diving, bird-watching, whale-watching, stargazing, etc.

• Companies dedicated to Active Tourism are obliged to comply with all relevant hygiene measures, disinfecting the materials after each use and respecting the safety distance between people. When this is not possible, masks will be used.

Culture

• Parties, festivals and popular events remain currently suspended.

• Guided tours are allowed, without the use of materials such as audio guides or information brochures.

• In the island’s theatres and auditoriums, seats must always be previously assigned and only set together in the case of groups who live together.

• In the rest of cases, the safety distance will be upheld.

Purchases

• Shops must adopt the necessary hygiene measures and have reduced their capacity to 75%.

• The use of a mask inside is compulsory, as is the use of hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance.

Night-time leisure:

The opening of closed-in premises (i.e. those with no outdoor space) is now allowed, under the following conditions:

• For seated or standing consumption only.

• Always in designated reserved areas.

• The capacity in outdoor terraces is now increased to 100% (previously 75%), with a maximum limit of 1000 of people.

• The capacity for indoor nightclubs and night-time entertainment establishments is set at 70%, with a maximum limit of 300 people.

• The interpersonal distance must be maintained or, failing that, masks must be used.

• Access to discos and clubs will be through named entry passes in reserved groups of up to 8 people from your family or social group, seated or standing in the reserved area. Drinks will be served directly to each reserved space.

• The space normally designated for the dance floor or similar may be used to install additional tables or reserved areas.

• Dancing is not allowed.

• Security staff will ensure that interpersonal distances are respected and will be used to avoid the formation of large groups and crowds.

• The premises must be frequently ventilated with fresh air or, in the case of using air conditioning, there will be a guaranteed renewal of air at sufficient intervals, taking the outside air from an appropriate source.

Public Shows:

• Members of the visiting public are allowed to sit in groups of 15 people from their social or family group.

• The 75% capacity limit is upheld, with a maximum of 300 people for indoor spaces and 1,000 people outdoors.

Remember:

In the event of any symptom that may lead to a suspicion of infection, such as a cough, fever or respiratory distress, the following is recommended:

1. Self-isolation: in a single-occupancy room with a window, keeping the door closed, and, if possible, a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, maintain the safety distance of 2 metres with others at all times and exercise extreme hygiene measures.

2. Call the COVID-19 information telephone helpline set up by the Canarian Government. Dial 900 112 061 if you speak Spanish or 112 to be assisted in English. Depending on your situation, they will inform you about how to proceed.

You can find more information by visiting the Tenerife Tourism Board (Turismo de Tenerife) (https://www.webtenerife.com/)

*This document was updated on July 4th.

27 Comments

  1. Is there any update available regarding travelling from the UK to Tenerife? I know a friend who has just got back from a few days in Tenerife and she didn’t have any issues. A couple of the Air BnB apartments that I have messaged however have stated that their pools are still currently closed. Is there any update expected this week so I’m more equipped to know if I should travel next week?

    • Hi Sophie! This post is now updated with the most current information. Hotels and apartments can reopen their pools but they may decide to not do it yet (so it’s best to contact them before as you did). Beaches are open so are restaurants and bars (although again some of them may decide to not open yet). Thanks!

  2. Liam Fitzpatrick says:

    Hi
    Can you tell me what restrictions hotel pools have? We are due to travel this month but have heard some hotels only allow 30 minutes pool time and only 4 people at once? So we may have to cancel

    • Hi Liam! Currently each hotel applies the new restrictions in different ways. It’s best that you contact your hotel directly via social media or email and know by them first hand. Thank you!

  3. Tristan Gentleman says:

    Hi, looking at a last minute break to Los Cristianos as our original plans have fallen through. Reviewing the latest update about beaches it states that some have reservation systems in place! Could you advise if this applies to either Las Vistas or Los Cristianos beaches?

  4. Janet mutchell says:

    Are you allowed extra allowance in your suitcase as your not hand luggage o. The planr

  5. debbie johnson says:

    We are going to Tenerife at the End of August do we have to fill the FSC form about health to hand in at the Airport when we arrive

  6. Hi,hope your well,we are hoping to come out to Tenerife in October
    will bars be operating normal,tribute acts still working ?
    lora park ?
    water parks ?
    many thanks
    john friend

    • Hi John! At the moment water parks are slowly reopening (Aqualand just reopened a few days ago) and bars are beginning to open too. Loro Parque doesn’t have a reopening date yet but they are working hard on it.
      We’ll keep updating all the important information on these posts as the situation evolves.
      Thanks!

  7. Rudy Polak says:

    Hi Javier, you write: “Before traveling to Spain, make sure you have signed the form, on the web spth.gob.es or in our mobile app.”

    Which mobile app? I can’t seem to find it anywhere on your site.

    Kind regards,

    Rudy

  8. Hi. With my girlfriend we will come to Tenerife at the end of August. So everything what we need do is fill the FSC? Negative test on Covid-19 we do not need? Thanks.

  9. are bars open as norm in los cristianos tenerife?

  10. Sadiq Islam says:

    Hi Javier,

    I will be travelling to Tenerife (Costa Adeje) on the 14th of August with my wife and two kids. My youngest is 4 years of age and suffers from mild autism. Is wearing face masks mandatory for all children or only those of a certain age?

    Also, regarding the FSC form, can I complete the forms on behalf of both my children or does it need to be a doctor?

    Many thanks
    Sadiq

  11. Hi,
    We will visit Tenerife from 1 till 15 August. Now the Siam park and the Loro park are closed. Will they reopen somewhere coming weeks?

    Thanks in advance .

    Robert

    • Hi Robert!

      A the moment there isn’t a reopening date just yet. They are working hard on it and they’ll announce it first on their social media, so it’s a good idea to check their facebook page for new info. Thank you!

  12. Nils Grillbanks says:

    Greetings Javier,

    Will be visiting Tenerife South from 2nd September! Would there be updates to relax or ease restrictive safety measures during this September regarding attractions, restuarants, entertainments, etc.
    Thanks for information.
    Best regards

    • Hi Nilss!! The measures will be adapted to the situation. At the moment the security measures are maintained for general and individual security; but that travelers in Tenerife are already enjoying the restaurants, beaches, nature and park as the Aqualand or Forestal Park of the island

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