Canary Islands holidays: FCDO Spain warning as COVID-19 test now required for tourists

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Canary Islands holidays are normally hugely popular for winter sun getaways at this time of year. Tourism to the Spain hotspot received an exciting boost when the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced the Canaries were being added to the travel corridor list last month. Currently, anyone returning to the UK from Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura does not need to quarantine.

However, today the FCDO revealed travel to the archipelago is not without restrictions.

From next Saturday, travellers to the Canary Islands need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test.

Britons will not be able to use the NHS testing service for this.

The Foreign Office posted its latest travel advice this afternoon.

It explained: “From November 14 until further notice, 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.

– 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 seven years and over unless they have proof of travel confirming their uninterrupted presence on the islands for the previous 15 days.”

The FCDO continued: “Any traveller failing to comply risks being refused access to accommodation.

“For further information, refer to guidance from the Canarian tourist board, and check with your accommodation provider prior to travel.”

Holidaymakers should arrange to take a private test if travelling to a country which demands coronavirus testing proof.

Travellers entering Spain from the UK are not required to self-isolate.

However, there are three entry requirements which apply no matter where in the country you travel to.

“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign an online form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19,” detailed the FCDO.

“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”

Arrivals will also need to undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment.

From November 5 until December 2, Britons are unable to travel within the UK or abroad as a second lockdown comes into force.

“You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make,” explained the government.

“Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed.

“This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.”

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