The current measures in place in the Canary Islands (from Level 1 to Level 4)

Published on July 26, 2021
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Today, July 26, is the first day since the start of the new measures imposed by the new levels in the Canary Islands, which were announced last week, so we will try to pinpoint the most important restrictions which could affect your holiday in the archipelago.

What is the level on each of the Canary Islands?

First of all, let's resume the current level for each island:

  • Tenerife - the maximum level - level 4
  • Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma - level 3
  • Lanzarote, La Graciosa and La Gomera - level 2
  • El Hierro remains at level 1

Is the currently a curfew in place on any of the Canary Islands?

At the moment there is no curfew in place in the Canary Islands.

However, the Government of the Canary Islands has made an appeal to the Supreme Court asking them to allow imposing a curfew on islands that are placed at level 3 and level 4. The official decision should be announced this week, but until then, there is no curfew on any of the islands.

Are masks mandatory again outdoors on islands at level 3 or 4?

No, there is no change in mask requirements based on the alert level.

So there is no special mask rule imposed for islands placed at level 3 or 4. 

The rule is the same for everyone. You don't have to wear a mask outdoors unless you are in a crowded place where you can't maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people.

Level 1 measures 

Islands placed on level 1: El Hierro

For meetings of people both in public and private spaces:  maximum of 10 people, in places of worship, the capacity is reduced to 75% and terraces can function at 100% capacity and 10 people per table.

Restaurants must keep a record of customers who consume inside, with full name, ID, date and time of service, to facilitate the follow-up of possible contacts with customers who test positive for Covid-19.

Discos and nightlife venues can open in El Hierro until 2.00 in the morning.

Level 2 measures

Islands placed on Level 2: Lanzarote, La Graciosa and La Gomera

Groups of non-cohabitants in public and private spaces are limited to just 6 people,  except in the case of cohabitants. If the group includes both cohabiting and non-cohabiting people, it will not exceed 6 people.

Hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes - maximum 6 people at a table and places must be closed by midnight.

Terraces can function at 75% capacity and indoor spaces at 50% capacity with maximum 4 people at a table in indoor spaces and 2 people at the bar, with a safety distance between them of 2 meters.

Level 3 measures 

Islands placed at level 3: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma

  • Restaurants, bars, services, hospitality establishments to close have to close between 00:00 am - 06:00 am.
  • The sale of alcohol is forbidden after 10 pm in retail stores

In regards to the island of Gran Canaria, the Cabildo has announced that night buses will be suspended based on the following schedule: the activity of night services will be restricted between 0.30 am and 5.30 am, from Monday to Friday, vehicles will not be able to operate in that time slot throughout the geographical territory of Gran Canaria. During weekends the activity of night services is also restricted between 12:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and 00:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sundays, in that time slot the buses will not be able to operate throughout the geographical territory of Gran Canaria.

Regarding the maximum occupation of the buses, this will be 80% of the vehicle.

Level 4 measures

Islands placed at level 4: Tenerife

From the age of 18, it will be necessary to present the complete vaccination certificate, a negative diagnostic test made in the last 72 hours, or proof of overcoming the infection in order to access interior spaces in hospitality establishments.

Restaurants, bars have to close by 24:00 (they can't be open between 00:00 am - 06:00 am).

Indoor spaces can function at a reduced capacity of 50% and all the guests seated inside must show a valid Covid-EU certificate, proving they have either been fully vaccinated, or they have overcome the infection, or that they have a valid negative test result for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours.

Other than that, at the moment, there are no curfews in place or different rules in terms of mask-wearing, so these are the same across the entire archipelago. We will update the page in case anything is announced regarding the curfew for Tenerife. Until then, on this page, you can see more info on level 4 restrictions in Tenerife.


You can also check out this detailed PDF document published by Gobierno de Canarias, which has been updated and includes all the measures in place for all the alert levels in the Canary Islands. The document is available only in Spanish.

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