New Covid-19 rules facing Irish tourists as Lanzarote and Tenerife impose restrictions

The Canary Island of Lanzarote has introduced new Covid-19 travel restrictions that are sure to affect Irish vacationers looking for early sun in 2022.

The island has moved to alert level 3 due to Covid-19 with only Tenerife rising to level 4.

With the EU Digital Covid Cert coming into full effect, travel across the European Union has returned to some sense of normalcy.

But due to Omicron, some Irish holiday hotspots are seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases which has introduced some restrictions.

Here are the latest Covid-19 travel rules that Irish tourists will encounter when traveling to Lanzarote or Tenerife.

Lanzarote restrictions

The Alert Level 3 restrictions that Irish vacationers in Lanzarote will face includes being required to present a certificate of Covid vaccination to enter the following establishments, regardless of whether they are outdoor or indoor venues:

  • Restaurants or hospitality and nightlife venues for more than 30 people.
  • Events, celebrations and performances attended by more than 500 people.
  • Cinemas, theaters and the like, which can accommodate more than 30 people.
  • Gyms and similar venues.
  • Care homes, health centers or institutions when visiting and accompanying patients.

There are no restrictions on entering and leaving the island. You can only meet a maximum of six people from different homes with warm hospitality with a 1 am curfew.

Gyms can only operate at 33% capacity and an appointment may be necessary, while public transport remains at full capacity.

All spas, jacuzzis and saunas are closed, but nightclubs remain open with 75% outdoors and 40% indoors

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If you’re looking to head to the beach, you’ll want to be quick as they are at 50% capacity and an appointment may be necessary.

Tenerife restrictions

If you’re looking to go to Tenerife, there are even stricter restrictions as the island recently moved to alert level 4.

Both indoor and outdoor hospitality have a closing time at midnight with a maximum of 6 people per table.

75% of the capacity is put into public transport.

Beaches continue to operate at 50% capacity for shops and businesses up to 50% outdoor and 33% indoor capacity.

The capacity for cultural events will be 55% while nightclubs operate at less than 75% outdoors and 25% indoors.

The four alert level rules are set to remain in place until January 20, when a review of the situation will take place.

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