While the prospects of an outdoor summer have been boosted by the recent reopening of pubs and restaurants for outdoor services, holidaymakers have also received a recent boost.
While the Government have asked people to spend locally when necessary, the European Parliament’s decision to pass the Digital Green Cert proposal is significant.
This will allow for travel across the bloc and the cert will officially be implemented on July 1 and it’s expected that the Green Cert will be introduced in Ireland on July 19.
The pass will show if a passenger has been vaccinated, tested negative for Covid, or has recovered from the virus.
It will be available as a paper or digital pass and will include a QR code to secure people’s data.
People who are not vaccinated or not had Covid-19 in the previous nine months will need to have a PCR test.
However, for anyone that’s interested in a holiday away at the Canary Islands, here’s some important information to note.
The state of play at the minute
While the Green Cert hasn’t been adopted yet, the Department of Foreign Affairs has said that all passengers arriving in Spain (mainland as well as Canary and Balearic Islands) from Ireland and other risk countries must:
- Present documentary evidence of testing negative 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain on a COVID-19 diagnostic test (such as PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen test). See Spain Health Travel page for details.
- Submit a completed Locator Form. This form can be completed online via the Spain Travel Health website or app.
Spain Health Travel page advises that passengers presenting documentary evidence certifying full vaccination against COVID-19 or certifying recovery from COVID-19 may enter Spain.
What the Canary Islands currently state
The Canary Islands’ tourism board are actively encouraging people to visit if they’re travelling from the European Union, from a country in the Schengen area or from a third country with which Spain has reciprocal agreements regarding the acceptance of travellers.
Therefore, Irish tourists are very welcome.
People who arrive in the Canary Islands must go through a health inspection. This inspection varies depending on your exact circumstances.
Because Ireland has been unable to provide data for the ECDC since week 2021-19 due to a disruption to the HSE IT system, it’s not precisely known how much of a risk potential Irish tourists are to other countries.
However, it’s very likely that Ireland is a medium or low-risk area and the Canary Islands’ policy to countries in this category states;
- Health form that must be completed and signed online before your visit to the Canary Islands
- Health check on arrival at the airport consisting of a temperature check (fever defined as a body temperature of 37.5ºC or higher) and a visual check for the absence of symptoms.
- There are special conditions for access to official tourist accommodation (see point 3)
For those that want accommodation
There are a series of conditions that must be met for any tourists that want to use regulated tourist accommodation and these include;
- Test negative for active COVID-19 infection in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands. The tests that are allowed are PCR (RT-PCR for COVID-19), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA), and Antigen tests
- Passengers who have an official document stating that they have been fully vaccinated within the 8 months prior to their trip or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within the past 4 months and at least 15 days prior to the trip.
- Passengers with an official medical certificate or a public document stating that they have recovered from the disease within the past 6 months.
Other things to know
Tourists are asked to download the RadarCOVID contagion alert app to their mobile. It is available for both iPhone and Android and will notify you of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 depending on your location.
Elsewhere, similar healthcare protocols to Ireland are also being encouraged and these include;
- Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six when outdoors or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.
- Interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).
- The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.
- Appropriate cleaning and disinfection of all establishments and all materials for activities (especially toilets and similar common areas).
There are specific regulations that apply to the following; outdoors and in enclosed public spaces, tourist accommodation, public and/or group transport, active tourism and beaches, pools and other nature areas – these can be found here.
The specific situation for each individual island
At present, the following grading system is in place until June 17, subject to frequent revisions.
Again, it’s worth planning ahead to see the epidemiological state and bureaucratic requirements that are needed to enter your preferred destination.
For those curious, a Level 1 alert includes all the following;
- Restriction on entering and leaving the island -No.
- Restricted mobility at night – No
- Gatherings of people who are not members of the same household – Maximum 10 people.
- Hostels and restaurants – Close at 00:00h and there’s a maximum 6 people.
- Sports facilities – Open with a maximum of 6 per group.
- Collective transport – Running as usual.
- Markets – Only open-air markets are allwoed.
- Local events – suspended.
- Nightlife – suspended.