Tenerife, the safest destination in the Canary Islands

Information updated on September 18th

The indicators for the development of Covid-19 in Tenerife show a cumulative incidence of infections over the last seven days of 42.16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The infection rate over the last seven days for the Canaries as a whole is 67.34, twenty-five cases more per every 100,000 inhabitants than in Tenerife.

For the last 14 days, the cumulative incidence for Tenerife is 71.91 cases, less than half of the 155.43 of the Canaries as a whole.

The island of Tenerife has 0.34% of total Covid-19 cases (since the start of the pandemic in the month of March) in a population of 917,841 inhabitants. This means that the number of positive cases for every 100,000 people is 345 for this period. Of the 3,169 positive cases since March, more than 1,704 have been discharged. At the present date, 18 September, the island has 1,342 active cases, with the vast majority in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna.

“Tenerife is the safest destination in the Canary Islands, with a situation regarding Covid-19 that is completely different from the rest of the Canaries and the Spanish mainland”. This was expressed by the President of the Government of Tenerife, Pedro Martín, who believes that it is important to exclude Tenerife from quarantine for Belgian nationals who are returning to their country from a visit to the island. He adds that “it is essential that they differentiate the health situation in Tenerife from that of the other islands”.

“We are delighted that Belgium is accommodating a different approach to Tenerife in terms of the Covid figures. Tenerife has therefore become the only island destination to which Belgium allows its nationals to travel”, he adds, and as such he is calling on the population “to maintain respect for health guidelines to prevent the spread of this wave of infections, because our tourism depends on this curve”.

The island is still green on the Canary Islands Government’s traffic light indicator for Covid-19, meaning that the special restrictions that have entered into force on those islands of the archipelago that are red do not apply to it. This traffic light indicator can be seen here: https://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/principal/coronavirus/semaforo/

The Canary Islands Government has also activated an insurance policy for those tourists who, on holiday on the islands, may be affected by the disease. The details and what to do in such a case can be found (available in 14 languages) at hellocanaryislands.com/coronavirus

Before travelling to Tenerife

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.

If you are flying from abroad, you must fill in the FCS travel form on the the Spain Travel Health portal (in Spanish, English, German and French) or in the mobile app (which can be downloaded from the same website). This way you will obtain the QR Health Code that you will have to show, on paper or on your mobile phone, at the airport health control to be able to follow your journey.

Covid-19 preventive measures

The Canary Islands Government has updated measures against Covid-19 to prevent its spread. These are the most important points:

Mandatory use of face coverings

• In public spaces, which is to say on public roads, in open-air spaces and in any enclosed space for public use, or that is open to the public, while still maintaining a personal safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.

• In hospitality establishments and restaurants, bars and cafés. The only time when customers do not have to wear a mask is when they are consuming food or drink.

• In the workplace.

• In natural spaces or outdoors away from centres of population, you do not have to wear a mask whenever the flow of people allows the safety distance of at least 1.5 metres to be maintained.

• On beaches and at swimming pools you are not obliged to wear a mask when bathing or while staying in the same place, without moving, and provided that respect for the interpersonal safety distance between everyone else can be guaranteed. In any case, it will be obligatory to use a face covering when accessing, moving around and walking in these spaces and facilities.

• The owners of establishments, spaces and premises must ensure that their customers comply with these obligations.

• Correct use of masks is mandatory, meaning that they must completely cover the nose and mouth at all times. They should also be properly adjusted to the nose and chin to prevent any respiratory secretions being released into the environment.

Recommendations

• The use of masks in private spaces, both open and enclosed, is recommended when people from different households meet.

• It is recommended that all kinds of groups or meetings in private spaces of people who do not live together should be limited to a maximum of 10 people, even if the safe distance can be guaranteed.

General measures concerning safe capacities and distance

• Smoking, using tobacco inhalation devices, water pipes, shisha or other pipes is prohibited on public roads and in outdoor spaces, whenever it is not possible to ensure the maintenance of a 2 metre interpersonal safety distance.
In restaurants
Tables or groups of tables should be separated by a distance of 1.5 metres, as well as at the bar or between customers and groups. The maximum occupancy per table or group of tables, either inside or outside, is ten people.

Clubs and nightlife

Nightclubs, dance halls and bars with or without live music performances shall remain closed.

Hotels and restaurants

Establishments must respect a closing time of 1:00am at the latest, and new customers may not be admitted after midnight. 

Conditions for certain establishments, activities and public performances

• The use of tobacco inhalation devices or similar is forbidden in all entertainment and leisure premises, hotels, restaurants and any other establishments open to the public.

• Economically active recreational and leisure boats may only open to the public using outdoor spaces with seating. In any case, a maximum capacity of 75% is permitted. 

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4 Comments

  1. Gwyn Chilcxott says:

    Can I holiday in Te
    Meriden from the UK?

  2. We would love to return to our apartment in Puerto de la Cruz for the Month of November and will purchase a travel insurance policy to cover us for all eventualities except Covid19!!! We understand that the Canarian Government has a Policy with AXA for Covid19 that covers all tourists staying in any regulated establishment. Our small residential complex has followed all the guidelines regarding the virus and has measures in place regarding hygiene and use of the pool etc, my question is would we be covered under the terms of the AXA Policy? I am sure that many other owners have either asked this question or are thinking along the same lines as myself. No matter where I have looked I cannot find the information that I need to allow me to return to Tenerife, I hope you are able to assist me with this matter.

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