Covid travel rules: Tenerife entry requirements after Spain updates law for teenage travelers


Travel rules are updated regularly as countries emerge from the Covid pandemic.

Recently, Spain updated its entry rules for people between the ages of 12 and 17.

It comes after their strict requirement to only allow vaccinated arrivals from the age of 12 and over has left many Britons looking elsewhere for a holiday.

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The FCDO says: “If you are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without the need for testing or quarantine, whatever the reason for your trip. Your vaccination status must meet the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities.

“At least 14 days must have passed from full vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before arrival in Spain.”

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They warn that you must meet the requirements to be fully vaccinated.

“Your date of vaccination must be specified and your last dose must have been administered within 270 days of your trip to Spain.

“If you have completed your vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days before your trip to Spain, you must be able to prove that you have received a booster shot.”

For those looking for some winter sun, Tenerife and the Canary Islands are a popular choice.

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Entry requirements for Tenerife

Tenerife is currently on Covid level 4 alert.

  • For those aged 18+, a Covid test or proof of recovery is not accepted – anyone 18+ must show proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • People between the ages of 12 and 17 can use a negative PCR test if they cannot provide a vaccination certificate.
  • All travelers aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination and complete the health check form prior to arrival.
  • Upon arrival, you may be asked to do a visual health check.

Covid rules for Tenerife

  • It is best to inquire with your accommodation, which may ask to see your Covid status, either a negative Covid test carried out within 72 hours, or your vaccination status.
  • A vaccination certificate is required to frequent restaurants, hotels and other hospitality venues.
  • Although the islands and Spain accept the Covid Pass, it is best to have the PDF as a screenshot on your phone and to have a printed copy (dated after November 1) in case of technical problems .
  • On your arrival you must download the RadarCovid app that pings you if you come into contact with someone with Covid.
  • Indoor hospitality venues only allow eight people per table while the night light, cultural venues and beaches operate at 75% capacity, meaning you may need to make an appointment to visit.
  • Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces except when eating or drinking.

Find out more about the Covid rules in Tenerife and the Canary Islands here.


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