Tenerife Cornavirus COVID-19 Outbreak Updates

Due to the cases of the Cornavirus on Tenerife I thought it would be helpful to post some info on the infection on the island. The latest updates from Sanidad, the public health department of the Canary Islands follows.

Canarian President Ángel Victor Torres stressed that the rapid intervention of the Canarian Government and its health department Sanidad has enabled Tenerife to limit the outbreak.

We will update this page as we get more information, so please return.

Update 26th September 2020

Tenerife has been placed in to special measures as the cases in one of the islands municipalities, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, has exceeded 100/100 000. This means bars must now close at 24:00 and no one to be admitted after 23:00. Also gatherings of more than 10 people is prohibited. These measures will be in effect until 10th October 2020.

Update 14th August 2020

Update 17:08

Announced this afternoon: all nightclubs are now completely closed i.e. discos. All bars and restaurants must close by 1am, no one is to be admitted after midnight. These measures are being taken as the driver of Covid infection is now by young people under 30 years of age not adhering to the rules to prevent infection, therefore places where they meet are being targeted.

Smoking and vaping is also banned in all public places.

From today face masks must be worn at all times in public places, this includes in the street. Masks must be worn properly at all times, indoors and outdoors in all public places, bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels. Masks can only be removed for the purpose of eating and drinking, or on the beach sunbathing and swimming (only sunbathing and swimming, not strolling along the beach).

Groups of 10 or more people is banned and all establishments must display marked separation distances of 1.5 meters.

Parties of any kind are banned.

Read More Detailed Info About Requirements To Enter Tenerife

Also see UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for Spain.

It is mandatory to fill out and sign the FCS form 48 hours before you enter Spain from July 1st, 2020. You must obtain your QR Code and show it at the airport upon arrival in Spain. This form is available on the following link

FCS health control form

For further information on the above requirements, see the Spain Travel Health website prior to travel.

Update 28th July 2020

Jet2 are advising not to travel to the airport today if you are flying to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands as all flights to these destinations have been cancelled due to the latest Government advice

TUI UK have taken the decision to cancel all holidays to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands up to and including Friday 31 July 2020, alongside cancellations already in place to mainland Spain, up to and including Sunday 9th August 2020.

Update 27th July 2020

Update 18:38

UK changes travel advice for the Canary Islands. At 6pm today 27th July, the FCO advised against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country. This change includes all the Canary Islands, including Tenerife.

It was hoped the Bristish Government would make an exception for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands as the cases of Covid-19 were low in these places. The British Government have done the exact opposite and now included these islands in the blanket advice not to visit Spain.

Update 09:00

Spanish and British governments will hold a meeting today, The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres is hoping an agreement can be reached to avoid UK visitors having to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Update 26th July 2020

The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has apparently asked the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Arancha González Laya and Reyes Maroto, respectively, to create safe and direct air corridors between the Canary Islands and the United Kingdom.

The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, also had a first conversation with the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Spain, Hugh Elliot, to request more details about this decision and convey the need to maintain a direct and safe round trip route.

Due to travel advice change against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, TUI UK have taken the decision to cancel all flights to mainland Spain up to and including Sunday 9 August 2020, flights to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands from Monday 27 July will continue as planned.

Update 25th July 2020

The British Government have this evening announced that all people returning from Spain, including the the Canary Islands, will from midnight tonight have to go into 14 day quarantine on return to the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have subsequently advised against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

Update 3rd July 2020

From 4 July, Spain is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate. However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

  • Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 by following the instructions on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app 48 hours prior to travel
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

It is mandatory to fill out and sign the FCS form 48 hours before you enter Spain from July 1st, 2020. You must obtain your QR Code and show it at the airport upon arrival in Spain. This form is available on the following link

FCS health control form

For further information on the above requirements, see the Spain Travel Health website prior to travel.

Update 21st June 2020

The State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on March 14 in response to the coronavirus outbreak, ends on June 21 and Spain enters the ‘new normal’ phase of its de-escalation strategy. Restrictions on movement throughout the country will be lifted and travel between regions permitted. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions should continue to be observed at all times.

This means that British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain. The Spanish Government has confirmed that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom from June 21 will not be required to self-isolate on arrival in Spain, however, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

  • Provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional.

Key ‘new normal’ measures include: social distancing of 1.5-metres; obligatory use of face masks in public spaces (see ‘Use of facemasks’); track and trace – all shops, businesses and transport companies are obliged to keep passengers’ contact information (where provided) for up to 4 weeks for tracking and tracing purposes.

Use of face masks; The use of face masks on public transport is compulsory. The use of face masks is obligatory to anyone over the age of 6 years old in all public spaces in Spain, where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres. Face masks must cover the nose and mouth. Sanctions may be imposed if you do not comply.

Update 16th June 2020

The State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on 14 March, will end on June 21. From this date, Spain will re-open its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK. This means that British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain. The Spanish Government has said that it is possible that UK travellers will still need to quarantine on arrival in Spain, but that decision has not yet been taken.

Restrictions on travellers from outside the European Union and the Schengen free-travel area will be lifted from July 1 providing the countries they depart from have agreements with Spain

Update 28th May 2020

You must be Spanish or hold legal residency and be in possession of your 'green card' to permitted entry in to Spain.

Shops, restaurants and bars are allowed to open.

The use of face masks on public transport is compulsory. It is also compulsory for everyone over the age of 6 years to wear a face mask if social distancing of 2 meters cannot be maintained.

From 15th May all arrivals into Spain must self-isolate in their residence or hotel for 14 days, the only legal reason to be out is to collect essential supplies from the nearest shop or pharmacy, it is also mandatory to wear a mask at all times in public places when is this 14 day period.

Hotels and short stay accommodation is allowed to open with restrictions, e.g. communal areas are not to be opened.

Update 22rd March 2020, 20:01

Spain has decided to close entry to the country from midnight tonight to all except Spanish nationals and legal foreign residents.

Update 20th March, 23:01

Spain has now ordered that all hotels and similar accommodation, tourist accommodation and other short-stay accommodation, camping sites, caravan parks and other similar establishments, located in any part of the national territory must be closed to the public.

Update 19th March 2020, 21:31

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad) now reports 220 reported cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands, nine people have been discharged. Of these, 82 cases are hospitalized, 23 of them are in a serious condition.

Tenerife has 143 accumulated cases, and 5 people have been discharged.In Gran Canaria there are 55 active cases and one person has died, Lanzarote has three cases, La Palma five cases, Fuerteventura now has active cases, and La Gomera has one active case with two cases registered having been discharged.

Update 18th March 2020, 14:07

A correction: Spain has not yet ordered formal hotel/campsite closures, though this is widely expected soon. We will update you when we know more. FCO advice remains that all nationals who wish to leave Spain, should make plans to do so as soon as possible.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has just announced that all hotels in Spain will be closed on Tuesday 24th March 2020. If you need to get back to the UK you have been warned that all flights are likely about to be cancelled soon, the next step is closure of Spanish airspace.
 

Update 17th March, 19:21

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 148 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands as of today, eight people have been discharged. Of these, fifty cases are hospitalized, thirteen of them are in a serious condition.

The two deaths have occurred in elderly people, one of them in Gran Canaria and the other in Tenerife.

Tenerife has 91 active cases, Gran Canaria there are 36 active cases, Lanzarote has 7 cases, La Palma 5 cases, Fuerteventura now has 6 active cases, and La Gomera has 3 active cases. 

Update 16th March, 18:50

Spain will be closing its boarders tonight at 24:00 to all except Spanish Citizens and legal foreign residents.

Update 15th March 2020, 15:53

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 101 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands as of 12:00 today, seven people have been discharged. Of these, 33 cases are hospitalized, nine of them are in a serious condition.

Tenerife has 70 active cases, and 5 people have been discharged. This means there have been 75 accumulated cases in Tenerife. 

In Gran Canaria there are 19 active cases and one person has died, Lanzarote has three cases, La Palma five cases, Fuerteventura now has three active cases, and La Gomera has one active case with two cases registered having been discharged.

This information is sourced and translated from the Canary Islands Ministry of Health La Consejería de Sanidad

NHS UK advice for travellers

Update 15th March 2020, 11:03

Read the full translation of the Royal Decree 463/2020 State of Alarm March 14 2020 COVID-19

Update: 14th March 2020, 19:49

Spanish PM Sánchez has announced a national State of Alarm. Tenerife therefore is due to go into lockdown from Monday morning at 8am. This will mean that there will be no bars, restaurants or cafes open anywhere. The only reason to out anywhere is to get essential supplies, go to the pharmacy or the bank. All public events are cancelled, all museums, visitor centers, tourist attractions are all closed until further notice.

The upshot is if you are coming to Tenerife do not expect things to be normal here.

Update: 14th March 2020, 14:28

Spanish PM Sánchez has just announced a national State of Alarm restricting movement across the whole of Spain including the Canary Islands

Update: 14th March 2020, 12:37

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad) now reports 82 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands, seven people have been discharged and one has died. Of these, 18 cases are hospitalized, three of them are in a serious condition.

 

Tenerife has 58 active cases and 5 people have been discharged, two new cases have occurred in the last few hours. This means there have been 63 accumulated cases in Tenerife.

 

In Gran Canaria there are 16 active cases and one death, Lanzarote has three active cases, La Palma three cases, Fuerteventura one and La Gomera has one active case and two have been discharged.

 

Update: 14th March 2020, 10:26

Jet2 have cancelled all flights to the Canary Islands this morning. Read more info on Jet2 flight cancellations.

 

Update: 13th March 2020, 21:26

Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife (Titsa) is temporarily suspending the payment in cash on all buses on Tenerife from 00:00 hours on Tuesday March 17, payment will only be accepted with the Ten+ card and mobile. This measure is being adopted following the instructions of the health authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Another of the measures adopted today has been the closure of island visitor centers and the various museum facilities of the Autonomous Organization of Museums and Centers of the Tenerife Council (Organismo Autónomo de Museos y Centros del Cabildo de Tenerife (OAMC)), also the entire network of walking trails on the island are closed as are all activites in the Teide National Park and the Teleférico Teide cable car.

 

Update: 13th March 2020, 16:59

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 63 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands as of today, seven people have been discharged. Of these, 18 cases are hospitalized, three of them are in a serious condition.

 

Tenerife has 45 positive cases and 5 people have been discharged, two new cases have occurred in the last few hours. This means there have been 50 accumulated cases in Tenerife.

 

In Gran Canaria there are 13 active cases, Lanzarote has two cases, La Palma two cases, Fuerteventura one and the two cases registered in La Gomera have been discharged.

 

Update: 12th March 2020, 18:11

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 46 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands and five people have been discharged. Of these, 15 cases are hospitalized, two of them are in intensive care.

 

Tenerife has 31 confirmed active cases, 3 people have been discharged, 34 cases in total. In Gran Canaria 12 active cases are confirmed, 1 case in Fuerteventura, 2 in La Palma and two cases have been discharged in La Gomera.

 

Measures Being Taken To Fight The Coronavirus Outbreak

 

Hospital visits to patients in all hospitals of the Canary Health Service are prohibited, except in the case of minors, patients with disabilities or the elderly requiring a companion, as well as those cases in which exceptionally and justifiably, a companion is authorized by the center's management.

 

All events, indoors and outdoors, public and private, involving 1000 or more people are postponed for at least the next 15 days. All carnivals are also postponed.

 

Events at venues with a capacity of less than 1000 people can only go ahead if only one third of the authorised capacity is occupied in order to guarantee an adequate separation space between people.

 

The closure of all the clubs and leisure centers for the elderly in the Canary Islands has been ordered.

 

Cornavirus Information lines

 

The Ministry of Health has a toll-free telephone line (900 112 061), from which a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC), will respond to requests for information from citizens about prevention measures, the possibility of contagion and false concepts related to the virus.

 

In addition, it is important that people who believe they may have symptoms related to the coronavirus (cough, sore throat, fever and feeling of shortness of breath) and have returned in the last 14 days from any of the risk areas, or have been close to someone who has come from these areas, contact 1-1-2, avoiding going directly to the Primary Care centers or to the Hospital Emergency Department.

 

 

Update: 11th March 2020, 17:37

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 28 active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands and five people have been discharged.

 

In Tenerife there are 20 cases. Four belong to the same group of Italian citizens who are hospitalized, three of them without symptoms and one with symptoms. Outside this group, one person is in hospital, the others are in home isolation.

 

In Gran Canaria, there are seven active cases; four correspond to a group of Italian citizens, all of them hospitalized, one of them serious. The rest are in home isolation.

 

In Fuerteventura there is one case registered in a person who is in home isolation.

 

The Health Minister Teresa Cruz Oval will preside over the Canary Islands Executive Committee today to analyze and agree on the measures to be taken in this coronavirus crisis. Representatives of the ministries involved, such as Tourism or Education, participate in this meeting, in addition to the Government Sub delegation, the Canary Islands Federation (Fecai), the Canary Islands Federation of Municipalities (Fecam), Cabildo de Tenerife, Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the Directorate General of Security and Emergencies and representatives of the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), among others.

 

 

Update: 10th March 2020, 15:08

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) now reports 20 active cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Canary Islands, representing a total figure of 25 cases.

 

There are 13 cases in Tenerife, one of which tested positive on Tuesday. Four belong to the same group of Italian citizens who are hospitalized, three of them without symptoms and one with symptoms. Outside that group, there is one more hospitalized person and the rest of the people are in home isolation.

 

In Gran Canaria, there are six active cases; all four belong to a group of Italian citizens, one of them is seriously ill in hospital. The rest are also hospitalized. In addition, there are also two Dutch citizens who are in home isolation.

 

In Fuerteventura there is a case registered of a person who is in home isolation.

 

Nine people hospitalized in the Canary Islands, five in Tenerife and four in Gran Canaria, only one is serious.

 

With respect to the hotel Costa Adeje Place in the South of Tenerife, this Tuesday at 00:01 all guests have been able to leave without restrictions. Since the departure operation was activated last Sunday at 18:00, 655 people had left the hotel, the rest have been able to leave without problems this morning.

 

Update: 9th March 2020, 13:45

The Canary Islands Ministry of Health (La Consejería de Sanidad ) reports that there are currently 17 active cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Archipelago after the discharge of two patients this Sunday. These two people are from the group of Italian citizens who tested positive in Tenerife. As for active cases, there are currently 17 cases in the Canary Islands.

 

In Tenerife there are 12 active cases: four from the same group of hospitalized Italian citizens, of which three are asymptomatic and one of them continues with symptoms. Of the rest of the positives on the island, only one of them is hospitalized and the rest are in home isolation. The latest case was found this Monday morning and is a direct contact of one of the people who was already in-home isolation.

 

In Gran Canaria, there are four active cases belonging to the same group of Italian citizens. Of these people, two are hospitalized and one of them is serious, although stable. Both presented previous pathologies.

 

In Fuerteventura there is also one case that is in home isolation.

 

In all cases, close and direct contacts are being traced. The Ministry of Health will take the necessary measures tailored to each situation always giving priority to public safety and health.

 

The restrictive measures of the hotel in the south (Hotel Costa Adeje Palace) end this morning, therefore guests who have not left yet may leave it freely at the end of their established 14-day surveillance period.

 

Update: 8th March 2020, 20:57

 

The Canary Health Department has confirmed 18 positive cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 and three medical discharges

 

•The leaving operation at the hotel with restrictive measures is continuing and at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 643 people had left the premises

 

•The island of Tenerife has 13 active cases; Gran Canaria has four and Fuerteventura has one

 

The Canary Health Department has confirmed 18 positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 and three medical discharges, meaning an accumulated total of 21 cases. Of these, 13 are in Tenerife, four in Gran Canaria and one in Fuerteventura.

 

Of the 13 cases in Tenerife, six correspond to the initial group of Italian citizens who are hospitalized in Tenerife, of which five are asymptomatic and one has symptoms. The next group of four people in Tenerife is made up of an Italian citizen who traveled to the affected area of his country and three of his close or direct contacts, all of whom are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and are isolated in their homes.

 

There are three further cases of Tenerife citizens with no apparent relationship between them. One person who is hospitalized in Tenerife has some symptoms and had contact with Italian citizens; another person is in isolation at home and had recently returned from the affected area; and one last person in isolation at home without symptoms at present but who had them and who had recently traveled but not to the affected areas and whose case is still being studied.

 

In Gran Canaria, the cases are limited to the four citizen citizens in Agüimes, three of them in home isolation with mild symptoms and one is hospitalized.

 

The case in Fuerteventura concerns a Canary person who is asymptomatic and in isolation at home and who had recently returned from the affected area in Italy.

 

Finally, a review of the three medical discharges: the British citizen of the hotel in the south of Tenerife, the resident in La Gomera who traveled to Italy and the initial case of the German citizen in La Gomera.

 

With respect to the leaving operation at the hotel subject to health and sanitary measures in the south of Tenerife, as of 11:00 today Sunday 643 people had left the premises. In order to leave the hotel, they had to meet three requirements: be asymptomatic, have been negative for coronavirus 24 hours before their departure and that their country takes charge of the journey home and subsequent health measures if any.

 

Information linesThe Canary Health Department free telephone line (900 112 061) is open, from where a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC), will respond to requests for information from citizens about prevention measures, possibilities of contagion and myths related to the virus.

 

In addition, citizens are reminded that people, who think that they may have symptoms related to the coronavirus (cough, sore throat, temperature and feeling short of breath) and who have returned in the last 14 days from any of the risk areas or who have been in contact with anyone who comes from these areas, should telephone 112, and avoid going straight to the primary healthcare centres or hospital accident and emergency departments. The staff at 112 will arrange a home visit to take samples, although the population is also asked to use this resource rationally and only when the above conditions are met.

 

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Update: 7th March 2020:

The Canary Health Department has confirmed 15 active cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Canary Islands and three cases which have received a medical discharge.

 

• The latest case has been confirmed on the island of Tenerife and the person is a close and direct contact of the Italian citizen living in La Laguna

 

• Of these 15 cases, only six are hospitalized in Tenerife, five of these are asymptomatic and one has symptoms

 

• As of 12:00 hours on Saturday 525 guests have left the hotel subject to health measures in the south of Tenerife

 

The Canary Health Department verified a total of 15 active cases of coronavirus in the Canary Islands at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and three medical discharges, totaling 18 cases, including the three discharges. The details of the cases are the following.

 

The group of six Italians who are hospitalized and isolated in Tenerife and who traveled on holiday to the island on February 19. Five of them are asymptomatic and one has symptoms.

 

In Tenerife, there are four people who have tested positive and they are related with each other. This group refers to the Italian citizen, resident in La Laguna, who traveled to his country recently and three citizens from Tenerife who are his close and direct contacts. All of them are isolated in their homes with health monitoring and are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

 

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A citizen of Tenerife, resident in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, who recently traveled to Italy and who is also in home isolation and is asymptomatic. Four Italian citizens of the same group who are in isolation at home in the municipality of Agüimes in Gran Canaria are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

 

In addition, the statistics include the three medical discharges that have been issued in the Archipelago: the female British guest of the hotel in the South; the Canary resident who was hospitalized in La Gomera and the first case of the German citizen who was also hospitalized in La Gomera.

 

With respect to the hotel subject to health measures since February 24, the Canary Health Department reports that the leaving operation of its guests is continuing and that as of 12:00 on Saturday, a total of 525 guests had left following the indications of the protocol of the Spanish Ministry of Health.

 

A free telephone line (900 112 061) is open, from where a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC), will respond to requests for information from citizens about prevention measures, possibilities of contagion and myths related to the virus.

 

In addition, citizens are reminded that people, who think that they may have symptoms related to the coronavirus (cough, sore throat, temperature and feeling short of breath) and have returned in the last 14 days from any of the risk areas or who have been in contact with anyone who comes from these areas, should telephone 112, and avoid going straight to the primary healthcare centres or hospital accident and emergency departments.

 

The staff at 112 will arrange a home visit to take samples, although the population is also asked to use this resourcerationally and only when the above conditions are fulfilled.

 

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