You can head off on a First Choice holiday to the Canary Islands now.

You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday to the Canary Islands right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all First Choice holidays departing up to the end of April 2021. It means you can change your booking for free if you get COVID-19 before your holiday or if you’re officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates. This also applies if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. A Holiday to Home insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about what to expect on your First Choice holiday.


  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise, as well as everything we’re doing to keep you safe, on our Travel With Confidence hub.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1.5 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults • Face masks are mandatory in all public places, including public areas in hotels and

apartment complexes, and on public transport.

• A 100 euro fine will be issued for anyone not adhering to these rules.

• There are some exceptions. For example, face masks are not mandatory while sunbathing or swimming at the beach or around the pool, although you’ll need to wear a mask on arrival at the beach or pool and when you get up to go to the bar or the bathroom.

• You don’t need to wear a face mask when taking part in sports activities, but you will need to wear one in the changing rooms and reception area.

• You’ll need to wear a mask at restaurants, including on terraces, except for when you’re seated at your table. Some restaurants may also provide you with gloves to wear. You’ll also need to wear a mask in non-public areas if you’re in close proximity with people outside of your family, for example if you share a car with another family.

• These rules do not apply to people who are unable to wear face coverings for health reasons.

Face mask requirements for children Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged six years and over. They’re also recommended for children between three and five years old.
Passenger Locator Forms and testing requirements TESTING REQUIREMENTS

• From Monday 23rd November, all adults and children of all ages need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test when they arrive in the Canary Islands.

• The COVID-19 test must be taken within the 72 hours before travel.

• You’ll need a paper or digital copy of the certificate to show that you’ve taken a test. It needs to include the date and time of the test, your name, the testing centre and the negative test result.

• Your temperature may also be checked on arrival at the airport in the Canary Islands. If you fail the check, or have any visible symptoms, you’ll be seen by a medical expert.


• It’s important to arrange your own test before you travel, which you can do by purchase testing kits through Randox.


• Within the 48 hours before travel, you must complete and sign a Health Control Form, also known as an FCS. If you don’t do this, you may be denied boarding.

• After completing the form, you’ll receive a QR code that you’ll need to show at the airport. You can either show a digital copy on your mobile device, or print it out.

• One form is required for every passenger travelling, regardless of age.


• You must download the Radar COVID notification mobile app for use during your stay, and for 15 days after you return home.

• You must also download the Spain Travel Health mobile app

Other need-to-knows Gatherings of groups of more than 15 people are not permitted.
You’re not allowed to smoke outside in public streets unless you’re able to maintain a distance of more than two metres from others while doing so.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in the Canary Islands.

Beaches Open. You must keep to the social distancing boundary of 1.5 metres at all times, and you must wear a face mask when you’re walking around the beach. When you’re swimming or sunbathing, you don’t have to wear a face mask.
Restaurants and bars Restaurants and bars are open in all of the Canary Islands, with limitations:
• You can only have a maximum of 10 people on a table, regardless of it’s inside or outdoors.
• Tables are spaced 1.5 metres apart, to comply with the social distancing rules.
• You must wear a face mask when you’re walking around the restaurant or bar.
• You don’t have to wear one when you’re seated at your table.
• Please be aware that lots of places use QR codes to access their menus, which require the use of a smartphone with a camera.
• Night-time entertainment can only take place in open-air bars.
• All bars and clubs must close by 1.00am.
• In Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, you can’t enter a restaurant or bar after 11.00pm. All bars and restaurants on these islands will shut at midnight.
Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities Masks are mandatory in shops.
Excursions are now available.

Here’s the key information on getting to the Canary Islands.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within the Canary Islands.

Car hire This is permitted in certain parts of the Canary Islands.
Public transport You must wear a face mask on public transport.
Hiking Not permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to the Canary Islands.

Read the full FCDO advice here.


Just so you know, the information on this page is updated during office hours, Monday to Friday. You’ll always find the latest information on our 24/7 Travel Alert page.