Travel to Tenerife From UK
A How to Guide on travelling to and from TenerifeTenerife v Covid-19 -
The good news is that 70% of the Canarian population are now fully vaccinated making Tenerife a popular choice amongst UK travellers again.
Another reason to raise your Margarita is that Tenerife (under the guidance of Spain) have now relaxed their Covid-19 restrictions.
We understand that traveling abroad in such testing times can make your headache more than a night on the Spanish tiles, therefore we’ve clearly outlined the travel requirements to and from Tenerife.
So, sit back, pour a glass of sangria, and let us explain in plain English (no Spanglish here) what you have to do when travelling from the UK to Tenerife.
TENERIFE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A well-known comedian, in his sketch about teletext holidays, is famously quoted as saying ‘booked it, packed it and f…’ I’ll leave you to Google the rest. Unfortunately, things haven’t been quite as simple since the arrival of Covid-19. But don’t fret, everything you need to know about entering Tenerife is listed below.
1. Fill out an Overseas Passenger locator form before you travel.
It is crucial that all passengers travelling to Tenerife, including children, must fill out an online Spain passenger locator form. This needs to be completed no more than forty-eight hours before your scheduled flight. Be aware that you WILL be turned away at the airport check-in if this form isn’t completed so make sure it’s done before going to the airport.
2. Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
If you're over the age of 11, you must provide proof of one of the following:
Proof of full vaccination: You’ll need to be fully-vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travelling. As verification you will need an NHS COVID Pass.
Please be aware that a Covid-19 Vaccination Record card isn’t sufficient, and you cannot enter Tenerife with this.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: If you are not vaccinated or have only received your first vaccine, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or NEAR) on check-in. Note that this test MUST be taken within 72 hours of your scheduled arrival time into Tenerife. Rapid antigen test and free NHS tests are results are not sufficient.
3. Show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result at accommodation.
As above, anyone checking in to accommodation above the age of 11 must show proof of either a vaccination status (see NHS Covid Pass above) or a negative COVID-19 NAAT test (as above.) *Don’t worry, if you’ve made it this far, you’ll already have everything you need to check in at the hotel. (This is due to be scrapped very soon so please check with your accommodation.)
Although face-coverings must be worn at the airport and onboard the flight to and from Tenerife (unless you have medical proof of exemption or are under the age of 11,) visitors to Tenerife are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors (including beaches and swimming pools).
Face coverings are still required inside public places such as bars, restaurants, and shopping centres, however they can be removed once seated.
GOING BACK TO THE UK
So, your holiday is coming to an end. As well as spending your last days shopping for souvenirs and whacking on the carrot oil, you must ensure you have the right documents to fly back to the UK. Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Provide a negative Covid-19 test.
- Those age 12 and over, travelling back to the UK that haven't been fully vaccinated have to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight back to the UK (PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test (RAT.) The test needs to have been taken no longer than seventy-two hours before departure. For an extensive list on hospitals and clinics which offer these tests, click here. If you're fully-vaccinated you’re no longer required to take a return to UK test.
2. Pre-book a Day 2 test.
Everyone (except children four years and under) will need to pre-book and show proof of a Day 2 Covid-19 PCR test. A day 8 test is also required if you’re aged 18 and over and haven’t been fully vaccinated.
For more information on how to pre-book your test click here.
3. Fill out UK passenger locator form
If you are 18 years and over (or 16 and over if returning to Scotland) you must complete a UK passenger locator form here up to 48 hours before arriving in the UK. The locator form will require confirmation details that you have pre-booked a day 2 (and 8 if required) test, so ensure that you have these booked before completing the form. The airline wont issue you a boarding pass at check-in until they see your locator form has been completed.
4. Proof of full vaccination or self-isolate on return
Every person eighteen years or over must provide proof of full vaccination or, if not fully vaccinated, will need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.
Fully vaccinated- If you have been fully vaccinated you won’t need to isolate on your return to the UK. * Please note that to be certified as fully vaccinated you will need to have had your final dose at least 14 days prior to arriving in the UK. An NHS COVID Pass is accepted but a paper COVID-19 vaccination record is not.
Not fully vaccinated - If you are not fully vaccinated it is a legal requirement for you to self-isolate for 10 days upon your return to the UK. It is possible to end your isolation period earlier if you pay for a COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.