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

The UK government has decided to simplify the ‘traffic light” system for people entering the UK from Gran Canaria. As of 4 October 2021 04:00hr, the current traffic light system of red, amber, and green countries has been scrapped and replaced with a Red list only. Those countries not on the Red List are considered Green as there is no more an Amber list.

For those returning from a Red List country, the rules are the same, but for travel from Gran Canaria, the rules are very much simplified for people who have been fully vaccinated.

This means travellers arriving back into the UK are no longer required to take a pre-departure PCR test before boarding the plane.

Also the PCR -Day 2 test eventually will be replaced with a cheaper lateral-flow test, possibly by the end of October. However, the Scottish Government has not agreed at this stage to replace the Day 2 PCR test in Scotland due to significant concerns about the impact on public health.

Arriving at the airport

Are passengers required to get a covid-19 test prior to starting their journey? Upon arrival, all passengers (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) are required to submit a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of full vaccination. For more details check the UK Government website for travel to Spain. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements#vaccination

Is wearing a face-covering mandatory at Las Palmas airport? Yes, facial masks must be worn when passengers are inside the airport building.

Is physical distancing required at LPA airport? Yes, a minimum distance of 1.5m is required at the airport. There are floor markers to guide and assist passengers to keep the 1.5m distance

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.

Do passengers need to complete a government or airport-issued pre-travel health declaration form? Yes you may fill out the form online by visiting https://spth.gob.es/ and obtain your QR code to use at the airport. It is mandatory to fill out this FCS form associated with your trip to Gran Canaria. Check out the page What Covid-19 compulsory documentation is required?

Departing from the airport

If you have not been fully vaccinated you may need to get a PCR test prior to departure. This all depends on what country you are returning to. You can get a pre-departure covid-19 test at LPA airport. The company Eurofins Megalab carries out testing at 21 Spanish airports, including Gran Canaria airport. Their clinic is located at Terminal – 1st Floor – Check-in area. They are open Mon-Sun 07:00 – 22:00. Tel: 922 533 680

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
  • 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

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