Spain travel rules: Tenerife introduces rule of six as UK tourists face tougher Covid restrictions

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Tenerife in the Canary Islands has now been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at Alert Level 4

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formenta, and most of the Canary Islands, such as Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma, are currently facing Spanish Level 3 alert restrictions.

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Tenerife has been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at Alert Level 4 (Picture: Getty Images)

However, Tenerife in the Canary Islands has now been upgraded to the highest tier of Covid-19 rules at Alert Level 4.

What are the rules for level four?

Under Tier 4 restrictions, pubs and restaurants in Tenerife are now under curfew and must close at midnight.

Public transport is also capped at 75% capacity to help minimize the risk of transmission in enclosed spaces.

A maximum of six people are now allowed to meet, either indoors or outdoors, except for those who are part of the same household.

Vaccination passports are required to enter some indoor venues, including bars, restaurants and gyms, and nightclubs have also been capped at 25% capacity.

The rules also mean spas, hot tubs and saunas must close and outdoor pools can only operate at 33 per cent capacity.

The beaches have a capacity of 50% and a “prior appointment” may be necessary to visit certain sites to avoid overcrowding, according to the tourist offices of the Spanish islands.

The Canary Islands of Lanzarote, La Palma, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura still remain at Tier 3, meaning venues are subject to 1am closing times and limited capacity for indoor seating.

The small islands of El Hierro and La Gomera are currently at level 2.

Why have the rules been tightened?

The rules in Tenerife have been tightened in response to a recent rise in Covid-19 cases.

On Tuesday January 11, the island recorded 3,573 new cases, according to government figures.

Tier 4 rules are to remain in place until January 20, after which they will be reviewed.

What are the entry requirements to Spain?

All arrivals to Spain from the UK must present a health check form and proof of vaccination on entry. This rule applies to anyone over the age of 12.

Travelers must show that they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine, or one dose of a one-dose vaccine, at least 14 days before arriving in Spain.

Spain will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination status. Those traveling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination should ensure the certificate is dated November 1st for it to be successfully scanned.

A medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months prior to travel is not accepted for arrivals from the UK.

Under previous rules, Spain allowed British travelers to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter, but this is no longer accepted.

Spain currently has no testing or quarantine requirements besides proving you are fully vaccinated.

If you are traveling to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to present a negative test depending on the region you are from.

You can check the entry requirements on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before you travel to ensure you know what is expected.

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