Canarian Law Re Tests Changes To Exempt Those Under 12

The Canarian law requiring visitors to provide Covid tests has changed to exempt those under 12 years old, and now matches Spanish law. Full details here. Covid testing protocol.

The Return Of Bonfire Night

Lanzaroteños celebrated San Juan across the island this week, with the usual bonfire events. Last year they were banned due to the pandemic. Hundreds of bonfires were seen all over the island on the night.

Kayak Race Confirmed

The world kayak ocean racing championships will be held in Lanzarote from 1st to 7th July. More than 300 athletes from all over the world will take part.

New Cycle Routes

The government has put out to tender works to create two new “Vias Cyclists,” roads adapted for cyclists. The €900,000 project will see the stretch from Guatiza to El Mojon to be adapted first, and the second phase will be from there to Los Valles.

Construction Leads Recovery

The construction industry added nearly 4,000 jobs in the first quarter, in a mini boom for the island, as projects  were given the green light during the pandemic. Hotels, shopping centres, supermarkets and private homes are being built all over the island.

Fully Vaccinated Will No Longer Need To Isolate

Fully vaccinated residents of Spain will no longer be required to self isolate after a confirmed contact with an active case of coronavirus.

EU Digital Green Certificate Available Now

Island residents can obtain a copy of their EU digital green certificate at the website https://www3.gobiernodecanarias.org/aplicaciones/scs/certificadocovid/

The certificate allows fast track entry to all EU countries via a QR code, without any need for quarantine. The code does not give any personal data, only the COVID status of the holder – fully vaccinated, COVID test within the last 72 hours, or recovered from COVID within the last six months.

Canary Islands Music Festival

The 37th Edition of the popular music festival will take place in Lanzarote and La Graciosa between 30th June and 22nd July. Four concerts will be held in Lanzarote and one on La Graciosa.

Link Road Opens In Playa Blanca

The new link road connecting Avenida Papagayo with the Femés road opened at the weekend. The 720 metre stretch will reduce traffic in the town centre.

Another Immigrant Boat Tragedy

An immigrant boat from Africa overturned while trying to enter the harbour at Orzola last Friday. Four of the forty five aboard drowned in yet another tragic loss of life. One man, two women, one pregnant, and an 8 year old boy lost their lives. Once again, local residents and emergency services personnel risked their lives to try to help as many ashore as possible.

The skippers of the boat have been arrested and charged with manslaughter and aiding illegal immigration.

Lanzarote Driver Wins Haria Rally

Local driver, Toñin Suárez won the Haria hill climb rally at the weekend, in his Porsche 911. It was the first time in several attempts that Suárez was able to win this particular event. 34 cars were entered, with 30 actually competing after mechanical issues sidelined 4 of them.

Covid Cases In Hospital Drop to Two

This week two patients were released from hospital, meaning there are now only two left there, one on a ward and the other in ICU. Of the 75 active cases self isolating on the island, 72 are in Arrecife, 2 in Yaiza and 1 in Tias.

Additional Space Being Created For Passengers From UK

The area set aside for incoming and outgoing flights between UK and Lanzarote is being increased in size to allow for the additional checks on passports required following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The €335,000 expansion of the part of the terminal set aside for UK flights is expected to be completed in time for the expected increase of arrivals once travel is easier.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in.