There are two “Tiers” of Covid testing requirements here in The Canary Islands. One is mandated by the Spanish government, and the other by The Canarian Government. The first relates to international travellers arriving from high risk countries and the second to everyone checking into regulated accommodation from low risk countries and mainland Spain.
If you are an international traveller, coming from a high risk country, over 150 cases per 100,000, designated in red by the EU here, “The Spanish law” applies. The Spanish government revises the list of countries that do or don’t need a test every 14 days. You can see the latest list here in PDF form: List of countries. Note that UK is listed as a “third country,” not an EU country.
If you are travelling from a low risk country or from another part of Spain, “The Canaries Law” applies.
For UK visitors, the Canarian government has produced a useful list of test centres available in UK: Test centres.
The Spanish Law
If you are travelling from a high risk country, this law applies. As well as having your certificate prior to travel, you will be required to present it on arrival into your registered accommodation:
This law requires all international visitors from high risk countries, as designated in red by the EU here, to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival into any part of Spain, including The Canary Islands. This applies to airports and sea ports.
This test must be carried out in your country of origin and a certificate, which must be the original, written in Spanish and / or English and may be presented in paper or electronic format. The document must have at least the following data: name of the traveller, passport number or national identity card number (which must coincide with that used in the Health Control Form), date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre carrying out the analysis, technique used and negative test result.
A question will be added to the FCS health control form, which all arrivals must complete, asking travellers to confirm they have had a test. The original test certificate must be presented on request on arrival. Most airlines are likely to establish a check on departure as part of their check in process.
Note: Currently the requirement is for a PCR test only. That may change, here’s the wording in the Boletin: Until its harmonised use is accepted in the European Union, other diagnostic tests such as rapid antibody tests, rapid antigen detection tests or high performance serologies (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be admitted.
Here’s a link to the full official boletin in Spanish: BOE Covid Testing
The Canaries Law
If you are travelling from a low risk country or from mainland Spain only this law applies.
You can read the original document in Spanish here: Official Boletin.
This applies to all travellers into The Canary Islands not covered by The Spanish Law detailed above.
Adults and children over six years old, coming to The Canary Islands, irrespective of where they are from, are required to provide a certificate confirming they have been tested within 72 hours of arrival, establishing they are not positive as a Covid transmitter. The certificate can be presented digitally or on paper, and must have details of the issuing organisation. It should include the date and time of the test, the patient’s name and details of the test centre used.
PCR, seriological tests and antigen tests, provided they come with a medical certificate and are approved by your health authorities, are valid. The quick/ rapid antigen tests with no certificate are not acceptable.
Antibody tests are not valid.
Accommodation providers on the island – hotels, apartment complexes and Viviendas Vacacional owners are required to verify the test documents when people check into their accommodation. If you have any doubts about the requirements, check with your hotel or accommodation and they will confirm exactly what they will or won’t accept.
Arrivals Without Test
This only applies to people travelling from low risk countries – there is no provision for arriving without a test from a high risk country.
If visitors attempt to check-in without a certificate, they will be refused access to their accommodation, and they will be directed to the nearest test centre to take a test at their cost.
In exceptional circumstances, accommodation providers may allow guests to stay overnight, remaining isolated in their rooms, as long as they agree to a test the following day and leave their room only to get results.
However, the official advice is that you should be tested in your home country before travel, in order to avoid any period of quarantine at the start of your holiday.
Where can I get a Covid test in Lanzarote?
Track & Trace App
This applies to all arrivals.
All visitors are required to download the Radar Covid track and trace app, and should keep the app on their phones for 15 days after return to their home country, in order that any follow up contact due to exposure to a carrier can be made.
Residents of the islands can travel between islands and stay in tourist accommodation. They must affirm that they have been on the islands for at least the previous 15 days. Some hotels may asked for a document to be signed as an affirmation.
Covid insurance Scheme
All visitors staying in regulated accommodation on the islands benefit from special Covid insurance, which will cover the cost of treatment and extended stays for quarantine, if they contract the virus while on the islands.
This includes your own property on the island, coming from a low risk country, staying with friends and family, or staying in unregulated accommodation. There is no mechanism in place to check those visitors have been tested, but they are strongly advised to do so. In any case, they must download the track and trace app.
Here’s the latest information on Coronavirus in Lanzarote.