Updated 11 February: I clearly need to explain that this post from 29 January, as it says, was to announce an announcement, nothing more. The system to provide covid tests for departures from TFS is not in place yet and if you go to the airport to find out more they will not know even if they let you in – they can refuse entry to any part of the airport to any individual not actually travelling. The people at TFS won’t have the information because it is not a TFS plan but an AENA one … the airports authority, not just the south Tenerife airport. It is therefore AENA that will tell us when the covid testing system for departures is in place: you will need to book an appointment and will need to do so through the dedicated website which is not yet even online so can’t be found, let alone used.
Although people evidently cannot wait for information, there is no choice in this case. Some have written to tell me that they thought something must be in place a fortnight after the announcement and they must know at the airport … and that I’d just not posted about it. Wrong on all counts, and if there were information about an announcement I’d posted about, I’d post that info as well, naturally. Although people are time pressed right now in terms of getting back to the UK, Spain and everywhere else really is seeing the pandemic as a very long-term situation, and are thinking in months if not years, and certainly not weeks, let alone days.
Nonetheless, while we wait for this particular information, people still need to get tests to return to the UK. I’m afraid it’s no use asking me where to get tests and how much it wil cost, because I don’t have that information but chemists should and legal tourist accommodation receptions certainly will, the latter because they are required by law to advise their guests where to get a test should one be needed to allow them to return home. If you are stuck, therefore, ask in a farmacia or at any hotel or tourist apartment reception – they will have the information you need. First of all, however, check HERE to see what the British requirements are for your return.
Original post 29 January: I’ve been asked a few times about covid tests for people who are flying to the UK, and today Aena, the Spanish Airports Authority, has announced that it’s allocating spaces in the departure areas of certain airports for covid tests. The service is intended to assist those who are required to present a <72h covid test on arrival at their destination or need one to avoid quarantine when they get home.
Fifteen airports in all have been selected, and Tenerife South is included. The others in the Canaries are Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, César Manrique-Lanzarote and La Palma. Nationally, the rest are Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Sevilla, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca.
Aena says that its allocation is set up for six months in the first instance, and has the possibility of being extended a further six months. If anyone is tested and receives a positive result, the health alert protocols will be activated and the traveller become subject to the regional health authorities. Shortly, a phone number and website will be promoted so that passengers can book tests in advance and be advised of relevant information including pricing.
Aena stresses that these facilities are expressly to help people leave the country, and are not to be considered as an alternative testing route for arrivals who are required to bring test results with them from tests carried out before they left their countries of origin.