Update 21st January 2021
The Canarian Government has said that with effect from 0000 on Saturday 23rd January, Lanzarote will move to Level 4 restrictions because of concerns about the rapidly rising number of Covid cases on the island. Previously, there was no level 4, but one has been created and will be published in an official Boletin this Friday.
The key changes are:
- We can only spend time indoors and outdoors, with people from the same household, or a maximum of two people from different households. In other words, you can have a one on one meeting with someone from a different household.
- All non essential businesses must close at 6PM – some exceptions are retail food, pharmacies and Gas stations.
- Bars & restaurants can only serve on their outdoor terraces and up to 50% normal capacity.
- Only individual sport is allowed, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained from other people.
- Shops, shopping centres % other public places must limit numbers to 25% of their normal capacity.
- Beach capacity limited to 50% and natural pools to 33%.
- Markets reduced to 33% for outdoor markets and 25% indoor.
- Hospital visits are suspended.
- Capacity on public transport reduced to 50%.
- Curfew will remain from 2200 until 0600.
Here’s a link to the official boletin, which has all the detailed information about levels: BOC Canarias.
We’re being asked questions about post covid Lanzarote all the time, so we’ve put all the information together for you in one place.
Effective at 0000 15th January, Lanzarote is at Level Three. This will remain in place until 28th January and will then be reviewed.
- Travel into and out of Lanzarote is not allowed, except for justified reasons – Note: International arrivals from EU countries will continue to be permitted under Spanish law, with a negative covid test.
- Curfew from 2200 until 0600
- You can only spend time with people from your own household with the exception of dining with a maximum of four people
- Only four people allowed to sit at tables in bars and restaurants and service limited to outside tables
- Sports activity no longer allowed in indoor areas
- Outdoor sports can only be carried out individually and a distance of two metres from others must be maintained
- Hospital visits suspended
Original Article – Below is a description of how things are currently for when tourists can visit the island
Please Respect The Rules & Keep Yourself & Lanzarote Safe
This is so important – we have some straightforward rules you must follow while you are here. Do so, and you’ll have a safe and secure holiday. Break them, and you risk your own safety, as well as ours, and it’s highly likely you will be fined by the police, who actively patrol all over the island.
You should download the excellent Spanish government track and trace app. The app will alert you if you have been in contact with someone who then tests positive.
Our guess is that about 30% of shops, bars and restaurants are currently open in the resort areas of the island. In the non-resort towns, it’s more like 100%. Once significant numbers of tourists return to the island, the numbers of places open in resorts will increase rapidly.
All of the island’s beaches are open.
Some hotels and apartment complexes are now open, although some of the larger ones are delaying their opening and others have closed down again in January. Overall a guess is that less than 20% of hotels and apartment blocks are currently open.
Most privately owned villas and apartments are taking bookings and are ready for guests.
Most 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.
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.
3/ You will be observed by medical staff.
4/ If you are coming from a high risk area, you will be required to present a PCR test certificate at the airport. If you are not coming from a high risk area, you will be required to present a test certificate on checking in to your accommodation. You can read the full details here: Covid testing.
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.
You’ll go through temperature scanners to see if you have a fever, and you will be observed by medical staff.
If any of the three steps are a cause of concern, you’ll be asked to move into an isolation area, where you will be given a test for Covid 19. Assuming you test negative, you will be allowed on your way. If you test positive, you will be transported to isolation accommodation that has been set up for the purpose.
There are some food places open and the duty free shop is open at the airport.
Buses, Taxis & Car Hire
Buses are currently running to about 70% of their normal timetable. Masks must be worn on public transport. Numbers are currently limited to 50% capacity.
Taxis are running normally, and are thoroughly and regularly cleaned.
If you are collecting a hire car, again, it will have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised prior to collection. Currently, car hire companies are only offering airport, rather than in resort, collection and drop off.
For buses, you will need the exact change to pay for your fare.
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. Tables will be socially distanced, and a maximum group of four are allowed at the table.
In shops and other indoor public areas, masks should be worn at all times. On public transport, masks should be worn at all times.
Outdoors, you are required to wear a mask at all times. The only exemptions are:
- When sunbathing and swimming, as long as you can maintain 1.5 metres from other people not from your household. In practice, this means once you are settled on the sand or your sunbed, you can remove your mask.
- When out of population centres in natural spaces, as long as you can maintain 1.5 metres from other people. This means, for example, walking in the countryside, the mask isn’t required, but put one on if you come across other people on the trail.
- When engaging in individual outdoor sports.
- 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.
You can read the full boletin here: BOC Mask Wearing.
In level three, there is a curfew from 2200 until 0600 every night. Bars and restaurants must close and ensure customers leave in time to be off the streets before curfew starts.
Groups of people
Gatherings of more than 4 people are not allowed, indoors or outdoors. Generally, you should only spend time with people from your own household.
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 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.
Hotels and other accommodation providers will ask for Covid test certificates to be produced on check.in.
Hotels are well set up for you to ensure a safe stay. Measures may include:
- Staff being temperature checked daily and all using PPE
- Screens at reception
- Keys being disinfected between clients
- Baggage management hygiene
- Much longer gaps between clients using rooms
- Through cleaning and disinfection of rooms
- Special washing programmes for linen
- Hand sanitiser in rooms and at key points throughout the hotel
- Limited capacity and social distancing in restaurants
- Social distancing in pools and sunbathing areas
- Screens on buffets or table service in restaurants and bars
Currently, most hotels are still closed. These are the ones we have opening dates for: Which Hotels Are Open?
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.
If you are staying in registered accommodation, you will be required to produce test certificates to show you are Covid free.
Bars and restaurants
Tables will be kept 1.5 metres apart, so when eating and drinking, masks are not necessary. 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.
As there are limited numbers in restaurants, and currently not all are open, it makes sense to book in advance.
Table sizes are restricted to 4 people.
Payment in most places is preferred by card – contactless is the best choice.
Menus are not allowed to be re-used, so will either be disposable, or in most cases, via QR code. Have a code scanner on your phone, and it will open the menu for you.
Separate areas for sunbeds and umbrellas have been set up, with 1.5 metres between those from different households. Collectors will be responsible for disinfecting beds between users, who are asked to place towels on the sunbeds and disinfect their hands before using them.
Some beaches do not have sunbeds currently. You can buy cheap inflatable sunbeds and even lightweight folding sunbeds from shops in the resorts. Playa Grande – the main beach in Puerto del Carmen has the sunbed service operating, properly socially distanced.
You should wear a mask going onto the beach or leaving it, but you can take it off to sunbathe or swim as long as you remain 1.5 metres from others.
Life guards are responsible for limiting overall numbers on beaches if necessary.
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.
You must wear a face mask in shops.
All supermarkets on the island are open.
Tours and excursions
Some are working normally, but many 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 out in public
- Use hand sanitiser often and whenever you see it
- Wash your hands thoroughly as often as you can
- Report any symptoms as soon as you detect them
Let’s all work together to minimise the risk to everyone.
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