Canary Islands allows vaccinated visitors with no Covid test

The Canary Islands has updated its entry requirements to allow for those who have been fully-vaccinated against Covid to visit official tourist accommodation without taking a test.

The islands, which currently have an exemption from the blanket Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel, are hopeful of being included on the UK government’s green list of destinations at the latest update this afternoon.

Yesterday’s update brings the autonomous islands, which include Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, in line with the policy in mainland Spain, which does not require tests for fully-vaccinated arrivals.

The exemption to the testing rule applies if the traveller (six years or older) has received a vaccine approved by the European Medical Agency at least 15 days in advance of travel.

They also must show an official document stating when the vaccine was administered.

Anyone who meets this criteria and has completed a vaccine schedule within the previous eight months can enter without the need for a test.

Those who are not vaccinated must provide a negative Covid test, either PCR or antigen, carried out within a maximum period of 72 hours before arrival.

Alternatively, those who have recovered from Covid within six months of the date of travel, and have official medical certificate showing dates, are also exempt from testing.

Canary Islands residents who have not left in the 15 days prior to arrival at the accommodation, and not had any symptoms, are also exempt from the testing rules.

So are non-residents who can prove through travel documentation that they have stayed in the Canary Islands for 15 days or longer, and have not had symptoms.

Those who have been outside the islands for a period of less than 72 hours prior to arrival, having remained in its territory for the 15 days prior to that, who have evidence and no symptoms, are also exempt.

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