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.

What’s Open?

Updated 23rd July. Our guess is that about 65% of shops, bars and restaurants are currently open in the resort areas of the island. In the non-resort towns, it’s more like 90%. It’s changing literally daily as more and more places open up.

All the island’s beaches are open.

Many hotels and apartment complexes are now open, although some of the larger ones are delaying their opening until September or October. Privately owned villas and apartments are taking bookings and are almost all 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.

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.

3/ You will be observed by medical staff.

You must complete The FCS Health form prior to travel, which declares your health situation 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.

Note there are no luggage trolleys available at the airport currently. There is one food place open and the duty free shop is open at the airport.

Buses, Taxis & Car Hire

Buses are currently running to about 50% of their normal timetable. Masks must be worn on public transport.

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, most 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.

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. Tables will be socially distanced, and a maximum group of ten 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 only required to wear a mask if you cannot keep 1.5 metres away from other people. In practice, that means on a very busy street, which is rare in Lanzarote.

You are not required to wear a mask on because or around the swimming pool, as long as you are socially distanced to 1.5 metres.

You should ensure you have a mask with you at all times just in case you arrive into a busy street or area.

Wearing a mask here when you can’t stay 1.5 metres away from other people or in indoor public spaces is not a “recommendation.” It is the law and there is an on the spot fine for non compliance. Currently The Canaries have a more lenient mask wearing requirement than many places in Spain and The Balearics, which require them at all times outdoors, including on beaches.

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.

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, some 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.

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.

Many more bars and restaurants have opened in the resort areas, and things feel much more normal. In non tourist towns, like Arrecife, for example, everything is open.

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.

Beaches

Separate areas for sunbeds and umbrellas will be 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.

Most beaches do not have sunbeds currently. You can buy cheap inflatable sunbeds and even lightweight folding sunbeds from shops in the resorts.

Life guards are responsible for limiting overall numbers on beaches if necessary.

Supermarkets

Some will take your temperature on arrival, most will ask you to put on gloves 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, Morador del Rio 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 if you think you might get within 1.5 metres of other people
  • 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.

Also read Which Hotels are Opening When, In Lanzarote?

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