What Are the Rules In Place Currently?

Covid restrictions were formally suspended in The Canary Islands on 25th March 2022, meaning there are no restrictions on group sizes, business opening hours, parties, fiestas, or any other aspect of life.

Visitors to Lanzarote from abroad will still have to meet vaccination status according to where they are from, and complete the SPTH form. Additionally, masks must still be worn in indoor public places.


How are things currently?

Lanzarote is very busy with tourists currently, with numbers at higher levels for this time of year than pre-pandemic.


What’s Open?

All shops, bars and restaurants are open as normal.

All hotels and apartment complexes are now open.

All privately owned villas and apartments are taking bookings and are ready for guests.

All of the little money exchange / drinks / cigarette shops are open, as are all supermarkets.

Everywhere will take cash, but card payment, ideally contactless, is preferred and safer for all.


Arrival

There are three steps on arrival:

1/ Your temperature will be taken – either via infra red scanners or hand held devices.

2/ You’ll need to present a QR code which is issued on completion of a form prior to travel, which shows you have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid or you have a test certificate.

3/ You will be observed by medical staff.

You must complete The FCS Health form prior to travel, which declares your health situation within 48 hours  before travel and gives authorities here your contact details. Once completed, you will have a QR code, which you can present at the health desk on arrival here.

You’ll be expected to wear a mask inside the terminal, so bring one with you.

The food places and the duty free shop are open at the airport.


Buses, Taxis & Car Hire

Buses are currently running to their normal timetable and with up to 100% capacity. Masks must be worn on public transport.

Taxis are running normally. You must wear a mask.

If you are collecting a hire car, again, it will have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised prior to collection. Cars are in really short supply on the island.


Mask Wearing

Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces at all times, unless eating or drinking. In practice, for the inside space in bars and restaurants, this means you should wear a mask when entering, leaving or visiting the rest rooms, but once sitting down with food or drink, you may remove them.

In shops and other indoor public areas, masks should be worn at all times. On public transport, masks should be worn at all times.

Masks don’t need to be worn outside unless you can’t maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres from others.

In practice – make sure you have a mask with you at all times, and put it on when you enter a premises or when outdoors in a big crowd.

There are a few exemptions – For people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask – For people who, due to their situation of disability or dependency, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask, or present behavioural alterations that make its use unfeasible. We advise having a doctor’s letter with a Spanish translation in this case.

Wearing a mask here is not a “recommendation.” It is the law and there is an on the spot fine for non compliance.


Smoking

Smoking is not allowed outdoors if you cannot maintain social distancing and smoking is not permitted while walking on the street or on terraces.


Hotels

Hotels have strict rules for hygiene, and everything is set up to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres, in pools, sunbathing areas, bars, restaurants and communal areas.


Villas and apartments

Owners should follow the hygiene rules and prepare for your arrival, leaving everything spotlessly clean and sanitised, bedding clean, and a supply of alcohol gel in the property.


Bars and restaurants

Staff will wear masks at all times. When using the rest rooms, or passing through to your table, you should wear a mask. Rest rooms are limited to one person per 4M2, so staff may ask you to wait to use them.

Payment in most places is preferred by card – contactless is the best choice.


Beaches

Everything is back to normal on beaches.


Supermarkets

Some will take your temperature on arrival, and all require masks. There are no limits on how many members of a family can go in at any one time, but there is an overall limit on capacity.

You must wear a face mask in shops. 

All supermarkets on the island are open.


Tours and excursions

Most are working normally, but some are still closed. Check directly with the operators to find out if your tour is running.

The seven official attractions of the island are open – Timanfaya, Mirador del rio, Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Monumento Campesino, Jardin de Cactus and the museum of contemporary art.


The bottom line

In most cases you can rely on the staff and signage to tell you what you need to do, but that’s no substitute for using some common sense and taking responsibility for your own health and that of people around you.

  • Give other people as much space as you can
  • Wear a mask when indoors in public
  • Use hand sanitiser often and whenever you see it
  • Wash your hands thoroughly as often as you can

Let’s all work together to minimise the risk to everyone.

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