What Are the Rules In Place Currently?

Lanzarote is currently at Level 2

The key details are:

  • Groups of up to six people are allowed to meet indoors and outdoors. Larger groups are allowed, as long as they are all from the same household.
  • Bars & restaurants can serve on their outdoor terraces at up to 75% normal capacity and indoors up to 50% of their normal capacity. Maximum tables inside of four and outside of six. They must close at 0000.
  • For outdoor sports, up to six people from different households can train together.
  • Indoor sports allowed with 75% capacity at venues.
  • Children’s playgrounds are open.
  • Hospital visits are allowed subject to conditions imposed by them.

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.


How are things currently?

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.


What’s Open?

Our guess is that between 70% and 80% 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. Everyone is poised and ready to open.

All of the island’s beaches are open up to 100% capacity, although not all have their sunbeds and umbrellas.

Most hotels and apartment complexes are now open. Overall a guess is that around 70% of hotels and apartment blocks are currently open. But during July, we expect the number of places open to increase to more like 80% based on the number of openings that have been announced.

Almost all 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.


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 or you have a test certificate.

3/ You will be observed by medical staff.

4/ If you are coming from a high risk area, or the UK, you will be required to present a Covid test or vaccination certificate at the airport. If you are not coming from a high risk area, you will be required to present a test or vaccination certificate on checking in to your registered tourist 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, so bring one with you.

You’ll go through temperature scanners to see if you have a fever, and you will be observed by medical staff.

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 their normal timetable. Masks must be worn on public transport.

Taxis are running normally, and are thoroughly and regularly cleaned. You must wear a mask.

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.


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 are socially distanced, and a maximum group of four are allowed at the table inside and 6 outside.

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

There is no need to wear a mask outdoors in public, unless you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Everyone should carry a mask to put on when entering indoor spaces, or if they walk into a crowded area outdoors.

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 indoors in public spaces 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.

Hotels and other accommodation providers will ask for Covid test or vaccinationcertificates 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 masks
  • 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

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 inside and 6 outside.

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 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.

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


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.

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.


What happens if I get Covid or I’m in contact with a carrier?

Prior to arrival in Lanzarote, you should download the track and trace app – Radar Covid. This will “ping” you if you have been in close contact with someone who subsequently tests positive.

If your app pings or you are contacted, for example, by your airline, to say you have been in close contact with a carrier, you should call +34 900 112 061 and request a Covid test. Also call the same number if you devout any symptoms of Covid – cough, temperature or shortness of breath.

If you test positive, you will be required to self isolate at your accommodation until you test negative.


Covid Insurance Scheme

For visitors staying in registered tourist accommodation, there is an insurance scheme, paid for by The Canarian government, which will cover the costs of hospital treatment and having to extend your stay to comply with self isolation rules. You can see full details here: Covid Insurance Scheme.


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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