The Canary Islands are among the safest areas in Spain with regard to the Corona virus. The vast majority of residents are very strict when it comes to complying with important safety rules. Moreover, Gran Canaria is an island, which makes it quite possible to check at the borders whether people with Corona enter. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of new infections. The biggest increase, however, takes place in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. This increase is due to outbreaks caused by stays in discotheques, participation in botellones (group parties of young people on the street), family celebrations and illegal parties. The vast majority of infections take place among young people. New measures have recently been taken to stop this increase in infections. In particular, these measures consist of closing discotheques, closing illegal parties and the compulsory use of face masks (mascarillas). The south of Gran Canaria, where almost all tourists stay, still remains a region with only a few infections.
You must adhere to some important rules and it is also possible to have a nice holiday. And if you follow these rules, you and the others will remain safe, even if you unexpectedly meet someone who has corona. These are the same rules that you must adhere to if you were to stay in the Netherlands. However, wearing mouth masks has recently become mandatory, making it even safer.
You will stay in one of our private apartments. These are centrally located in Playa del Ingles, and the three complexes are quiet as there are no tour operators. So you have no contact with mass tourism in the complex, so you do not have to constantly come into contact with a large number of other guests.
The Canary Islands are committed to protecting the health of travelers and residents. That is why some important measures apply:
1. Before the trip:
It is mandatory to fill in and sign the personal form that accompanies your trip, and make sure you fly with the personal QR code for the trip in question. You can begin filling out the form (FCS form) at any time prior to your trip, except for the sections pertaining to your health and travel history. These last parts are available from two days (from 48 hours) before your arrival in Spain. Each passenger must fill in the form and have the corresponding QR code. You can do this via the website (FCS Form) or via the mobile SpTH App (install the App via Google Play, by entering SpTH in the Google Play search field). Using the App is the easiest. At the time of writing this internet page, the IPhone App was not yet available. People with an IPhone can fill in the form via the above website.
Get your QR code:
From two days before your flight, you can answer the health questions on the form and obtain the QR code associated with your trip. You will receive a PDF document with the QR code in your email (if you have used the website), or directly on your mobile (in the My Trips section) if you fill in the FCS form using the mobile SpTH App.
2. At Gran Canaria Airport:
Wearing a mouth mask is mandatory at the airport.
Show your QR code at the check. Your temperature will be measured on arrival and should not exceed 37.5 degrees. If your temperature is too high, you will have another medical check-up.
3. During your stay:
Above all, enjoy your holiday on our beautiful and cozy island.
Contact health care if necessary. See the health care in Playa del Ingles page on this website. If you have strong suspicions that you have symptoms of corona, you can call the telephone number 900 112 061 (is an emergency number, use only in case of a worrying situation).
Keep to a few important rules: distance, hygiene and use of a mouth mask.
Follow the COVID-19 prevention measures recommended by the health authorities in Spain (see below). Make sure you have the QR code associated with your trip in your SpTH mobile application, downloaded to your mobile or printed on paper. This can help streamline your health check-up process upon arrival in Spain.
What preventive measures against COVID-19 are recommended in Spain? Which are mandatory?
1. Maintain a physical interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 meters with people you do not live with.
2. Wash hands thoroughly and regularly.
3. Breathing: When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow. Use disposable wipes to remove airway secretions and discard after use. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as the hands facilitate the transmission of coronavirus.
4. The use of a mask (Mascarilla) is mandatory from 6 years:
a. By public transport.
b. On public streets, in public air spaces and in any enclosed space for public use (open to the public).
In practice, it is therefore always mandatory to wear a mask on the street, in supermarkets and other shops, shopping centers, pharmacies, taxis, buses, in the car (if the occupants do not live together) and health care facilities.
The use of a mouth mask is not mandatory when walking outside a residential area (such as in the mountains).
Mandatory use of masks (mascarillas):
All persons 6 years and older are required to wear a mask:
- On public roads, in open spaces and in any closed public usage space, regardless of whether the safety distance of at least 1.5 meters can be maintained.
- In catering establishments and services, including bars and cafeterias, the obligation to wear the mask is only excluded at the time of food or drink intake.
–Exception: In natural surroundings or in open-air areas outside the population centers, there is no obligation to wear the mask as long as the number of people permits a safe personal separation distance of at least 1.5 meters (for example when walking in nature).
- Mask dress is mandatory on beaches and in swimming pools when traveling. While sunbathing, this obligation is not valid, not even when bathing or swimming, nor when a safe distance can be kept when going to and returning from the swimming area. In any case, the use of a mask is mandatory in the entrances, trips and walks in these areas and facilities.
- Operators of establishments, rooms and buildings must ensure that the regulations are complied with.
- Correct use of the mask is mandatory. Nose and mouth must be completely covered at all times. It must also fit snugly on the nose and chin, so that moisture particles cannot get into the environment.
Smoking is prohibited, including the use of tobacco inhalation equipment, hookahs, cachimbas, shisha or the like on public roads and in outdoor areas if the interpersonal safety distance cannot be maintained. This is two meters for the smoking ban. If you can keep a distance of two meters, smoking is allowed outside.
Restaurant and bars:
- A distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained between the tables or between grouped tables, including at the bar, between customers or groups of people.
- The maximum occupancy per table or group of tables inside and outside is ten people.
- Restaurants and eateries may remain open until midnight
- Discotheques and other nightly entertainment venues are closed for the time being.
- Recreational, leisure and pleasure craft with an economic activity may be open to the public, outdoors only and seated for each competitor.
- In this case the maximum allowed capacity is 75%
Use of a mask is not required for people who have any kind of respiratory illness or problems that could be made worse by using the mask. The mask is also not mandatory for people who do not have the independence to remove the mask due to their disability or dependence. The use of a mask is also not mandatory for people who exhibit behavioral changes that make its use unfeasible. In these cases, you must provide a medical certificate (in English or Spanish).
Nor will it be required in the case of individual outdoor sports exercises, or in case of force majeure or emergency or when, due to the nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible (for example, while eating or drinking).
If, despite the measures taken by yourself and Gran Canaria, you should nevertheless be infected with Corona here, the Canary Government has taken out insurance with Axa insurance to pay the extra costs, insofar as these are not covered by your own insurance.