Last updated date: August 16, 2022

The last thing anyone wants is a return to complex and restrictive Covid travel regulations, most especially in summer. However, the number of Covid cases is rising, leading some experts to speculate that countries may be on the verge of a new wave. Fortunately, most countries do not appear to be planning to reinstate restrictions. Although Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are regarded to be substantially more contagious than previous Covid strains, their mortality rate is still much lower. This is mainly owing to the high rates of immunity achieved due to vaccination efforts and natural infections in the past.

Will Spain and its territories see a return to travel restrictions? Could access to the Canary Islands and its fabulous beaches again require a maze of vaccine checks, testing, masks, and quarantine?

Before you leave for your holiday, catch up on the most recent developments by reading on. If you don’t know, you risk being denied entry and sabotaging your travel plans. Our goal is to make your trip as smooth as possible, so we’ve put together some helpful information.

Requirement for traveling to Spain (including the Canary Islands)

There’s no longer a mandate for a quarantine period or taking a PCR test after entry. However, depending on the country of origin, visitors entering Spain by plane (excluding children under the age of 12 and those in international transit) may need to provide or accomplish the following requirements:

Entering from European Union or Schengen countries

Currently, there are no limitations or entry requirements for travelers arriving by air or sea from European Union or Schengen countries. They will also not be required to present the SpTH health control form or a COVID-19 certificate.

Entering from Non-EU or non-Schengen countries

  • An EU Digital Covid Certificate, EU equivalent of vaccination against COVID-19, a negative certificate of a diagnostic test for active infection, or a certificate of recovery after passing this disease.
  • If you cannot provide the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill out the SPTH Health Control Form via the website

Passengers aged 12 years old and above traveling to Spain by sea must also have one of the required health certificates, such as an EU Digital Covid Certificate, EU equivalent, or another type. They are not required to fill out a health control form.

Traveling from the United Kingdom

Travelers above the age of 12 entering Spain from the UK must show valid proof of one of the following:

  • Full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. A booster shot is required if the final immunization dosage was given more than 270 days ago.
  • A negative Covid test via PCR conducted no more than 72 hours prior to travel, or an antigen test, taken no more than 24 hours.
  • Recovery from Covid in the last six months. NHS Covid Pass or a recovery certificate issued by a relevant UK health authority or medical service will be accepted.
  • An NHS Covid Pass or recovery from Covid certificate from UK health authorities or medical services will be accepted.

British travelers will need to get their passports stamped before they’re allowed to use the e-gates and must also carry these documents:

  • A return or onward ticket
  • Proof you have enough money for the stay
  • Proof of accommodation, including hotel booking confirmations, the address if staying in your property, or your host’s invitation or address.
  • Proof they meet Spain’s Covid-19 entry requirements.

From risk, high risk, and third countries

At this time, no country, territory, or area is classified as risk or high risk. Suppose the epidemiological situation in a country, territory, or area deteriorates to a concerning degree. In that case, it may be declared high risk, and necessary health control measures for visitors arriving from that location will be implemented. Check the updated list of high-risk countries/areas here.

As for visitors coming from a third country, they must first check if they are permitted to travel to Spain on this page.

Visitors traveling from within Spain

There are presently no restrictions to visiting the Canary Islands from anywhere within Spain and its territories. As a result, it is possible to travel between the islands and from the mainland.

Traveling between the Canary Islands

Tourists traveling between the Canary Islands do not need to present Diagnostic Tests for Active Infection (PDIA) or any COVID-19 certificates.

Important Travel Notices:

Always check updated requirements and advice of public agencies and reliable tourism bodies in Spain and the Canary Islands before traveling, as restrictions and safety measures may change. We recommend visiting the pages of the Canary Islands’ tourism council and Spain’s Health Ministry for extensive information about traveling to the country and its territories. Also consult your tour operator or airline before leaving for the Canary Islands in case of any changes in travel conditions.

Only one dose of single-dose vaccines or two doses of two-dose vaccines (with the second dose taken at least two weeks before arrival) from BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, and Novavax will be accepted when applying for proof of full primary vaccination series. In addition, the vaccination requirement will extend to a Covid booster shot if your last vaccination was more than 270 days ago. There is no required minimum interval of days from the date of booster jab to the date of entry to Spain.

Canary Islands Alert Level

IslandAlert Level
Gran Canaria2
La Palma1
La Gomera1
El Hierro1

These local alert levels have no bearing on travel conditions to the Canary Islands, as they only represent the hospital occupancy rate owing to Covid cases. There are currently no new restrictions in place related to Covid; therefore, there is no cause for concern.

Nevertheless, visitors are recommended to exercise caution and use a face mask indoors and in enclosed public areas, such as stores, movies, bars, and restaurants. Tourists should also be informed that everyone over six must wear a mask when riding public transportation and visiting a hospital or medical center.

Tourists who test positive for Covid-19 or develop symptoms while in Spain are now expected to wear a mask, limit social interactions, avoid crowded areas and major gatherings, and avoid contact with individuals considered high risk, which includes the elderly, individuals with medical issues, and pregnant women. Following these measures for a full ten days from the time of diagnosis or the onset of symptoms is required.