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Covid-19 – What you need to know when travelling to and from Gran Canaria Airport

Gran Canaria entry requirements


For information on health controls for passengers arriving from China, please see below.

With effect from Friday, October 21, 2022, health control measures for passengers arriving from non-EU / non-Schengen countries were discontinued.

Health controls for visitors from the EU or Schengen countries were lifted in June 2022.

On arrival at Gran Canaria Airport, there is no longer any need to fill out a health control form or show a QR code. Arriving passengers are no longer required to show proof of Covid-vaccination/recovery or a negative test result. Health controls for passengers who arrive from the EU or Schengen-countries have been discontinued. So, currently, it is no longer necessary to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative covid-19 test result.

Some questions, answered!

Is wearing a face-covering mandatory at Las Palmas airport? As of 20/04/2022, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask at LPA Airport. However it is advised to bring a face covering as some airlines still require them to board the aircraft.

Is physical distancing required at LPA airport? This is no longer mandatory. There are still floor markers to guide and assist passengers to keep the 1.5m distance if you choose.

Obviously, Health & Safety when travelling is a paramount concern. Both the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) along with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have been working hard. They have produced a document outlining strict protocol to protect the health and safety of all air travellers from Covid-19.

Departing from the airport

If you need to get a pre-departure covid-19 test at LPA airport then the company Indavet carries out testing. However the facility at Gran Canaria airport is now closed. Consult their website for the location of their clinics.

To practice good hygiene standards of washing hands frequently. Keeping your distance, and proper respiratory etiquette.

If a passenger has any of the Covid-19 symptoms he should not come to Gran Canaria Airport. They need to make arrangements to isolate and change his travel dates accordingly. If a higher than normal body temperature is detected at the airport then the person will be examined by health professionals to determine whether they can fly. Below are a few things to consider when travelling through Gran Canaria Airport!

Are you healthy enough to travel?

Avoid travel to the airport if:

  • You have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • You have tested positive in the last 7 days
  • Been in close contact with anyone with Covid-19 during the past 14 days

Prepare well before you leave

  • Try to check in online prior to departure
  • Have enough facial masks and hand sanitiser in your carry-on bag.
  • Familiarise yourself with any airline health & safety recommendations
  • have a pen handy to fill out any health questionnaires presented at the airport or on the aircraft

Avoid Covid-19 at Gran Canaria Airport

  • Wear a face mask at all times (optional as of 20/4/2022)
  • Practice social distancing of at least 1.5 metres
  • Avoid any unnecessary touching of surfaces at the airport
  • Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or frequently use hand sanitiser
  • Water dispensers are only for filling up plastic bottles and not for drinking directly from the fountain
  • Be patient when collecting your luggage. Make sure the person in front of you has time to collect their luggage and move away
  • Only passengers are permitted inside the terminal buildings

Arrivals from China

Flying in to Gran Canaria airport, all passengers arriving from the People’s Republic of China may be subjected to a health check. This includes the following:

1) Verification of Covid documentation
All visitors to Spain from the People’s Republic of China must have an EU digital COVID Certificate or equivalent to prove the following:

The arriving traveller
is fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Has tested negative for Covid-19
Has recovered from Covid-19

2) Temperature control
Temperature monitoring using thermal imaging cameras will be done on a regular basis to identify feverish travellers. The detection limit is set at 37,5 degrees Celsius or higher.

3) Upon arrival, random Covid-19 testing
In addition to the measures outlined above, passengers arriving in Spain from the People’s Republic of China may be required to undergo an active infection diagnostic test at the point of entry.

The following passengers are exempt from medical screening:

  • Children under the age of twelve.
  • Passengers arriving in Spain in transit to other countries, provided they do not leave the airport environment and stay in Spain for less than 24 hours.
  • The crews of national and international modes of transportation required to complete the transportation work.

Please see the Boletín Oficial del Estado. for more information.

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