4 May.

Current restrictions in Tenerife as of the above date. Tenerife is in level 2 and the principal rules in place are:

  • Curfew of 11pm to 6am, and although travel around the island is not banned, the public is asked to restrict movement as much as possible
  • face masks must be worn by everyone of 6 years of age and above at all times and places outside the home regardless of distancing, though exemptions exist for medical conditions (medical proof required – in Spanish because it will be Policía Local who’ll stop and fine you), working or exercising which makes wearing a mask impossible but mask must be carried to put on as soon as exempt activity stops. They can be removed at the moment of eating or drinking, and for exercise or swimming, and for rest periods in between if not moving and with physical distancing guaranteed. Fabric masks are legal but if attending a hospital or doctor’s surgery, masks must be of the hygenic or surgical type from a chemist or sanitary provisions supplier (see HERE)
  • social groups limited to six, can be exceeded for those living together
  • physical distancing of 1.5m wherever possible 
  • private cars can be occupied to a maximum allowed to be in a social group depending on the level. Masks must be worn if the occupants are from different households, and windows open or aircon switched on but with air drawn from outside, not recirculated interior air
  • time and capacity restrictions, distancing & hygiene rules apply in shops and offices including Government departments, bars and restaurants, cinemas, museums, churches, beaches, markets, gyms, casinos, etc. Prior appointments/pre-booking may be required 
  • catering establishments close by 11pm, limited capacity – 75% on terrace, 50% inside, six per table outside, four per table inside, home delivery to midnight; if you eat indoors in an establishment you will be required to provide your details for track and trace purposes 
  • smoking banned outside bars, restaurants, etc., and in any outdoor public spaces unless smoker is alone, stationary, and with 2m cordon (smoking already banned by Spain in enclosed public spaces and outside schools, hospitals, etc)
  • late night bars, nightclubs & discos closed, and crowd events banned
  • sports and physical exercise in the open air can be carried out individually or up to a maximum of six in a group with 2m physical distancing

To enter Tenerife:

  • Spain has various border restrictions in place to 31 May for those trying to enter the country, particularly from outside the EU. Check your means and route of arrival are permitted: most countries will have their own official Governmental websites for advice about travel to various countries, for example HERE is the UK’s FCDO for travel advice concerning Spain.
  • all visitors must have previously completed a passenger location form (digital or paper, English or Spanish – see HERE) with their personal details including where they will be staying in Spain
  • all visitors to Spain from a high risk country, regardless of where they’re staying, must have a PCR, TMA or LAMP test before they fly (see HERE) (national legislation). 
  • all visitors to the Canaries from any other region of Spain must bring a negative test
  • in addition, anyone including residents checking into any regulated tourist accommodation in the Canaries – hotels, apartment complexes with receptions, rural hotels etc – must present a certificate showing a negative test result – this can be an antigen test but if arriving from outside the Canaries with a PCR test result evidently this can also be used for checking into the accommodation provided it is still no more than 72 hours old. Canarian residents can sign a formal declaration instead if they haven’t left the islands for at least a fortnight prior to checking into a hotel. Those checking into regulated tourist accommodation will also be required to download the track and trace RADAR app (see HERE).
  • anyone travelling within the Canaries to or from islands in level 3 or above needs an antigen (or PCA/LAMP/TMA/NAAT) test if not travelling for justifiable reasons (work, legal/health matters, caring for relative etc)

For further information on the covid outbreak here and travel related issues see these posts: