Villa Rosa is a privately owned house in Lanzarote that we make available for holiday rental under the Canary Islands tourism regulations.
Updated 5th March 2021*
The world is in the midst of a global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, a type of coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. This is changing lives and behaviour worldwide and Lanzarote is no exception. The situation is having a particular effect on travel, with various legislation causing disruptions from time to time.
Lanzarote is located in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands and the Canary Islands are in Spain. As a consequence, Lanzarote is ruled by both the national government of Spain and the regional government of the Canaries.
At the current time, the UK and Ireland both have international travel bans for holiday purposes so it is currently not possible to visit Lanzarote from those countries. In addition, Spain/Lanzarote is currently not allowing holidaymakers from outside the EU to visit the conutry. This now includes visitors from the UK.
If you intend to book a stay at Villa Rosa you should make arrangements to have a suitable COVID-19 test in your home country no more than 72 hour before your arrival using a facility that will return your result, usually by email, before your departure for Lanzarote. See the specific requirements of the Spanish and Canaries legislation below. The detail depends on if you are arriving from a high or low risk country/area. The definition of "high risk" is on the Spanish government website which will be reviewed every 15 days.
It is a requirement of the health legislation in Spain that all people aged 6 or over entering Spain from COVID-19 high risk countries or areas must be in possession of a certificate showing a negative PCR or TMA test, as well as other tests based on equivalent molecular techniques, for active SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain. The certificate must contain, at least, the traveller's name, passport number, date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre conducting the test, the technique used and the negative test result. The test must be a PCR or TMA or equivalent test. The certificate, which for this purpose can be in electronic or paper format, could be inspected at any time from the moment you arrive at the airport.
Canary Islands legislation dictates that access to any regulated tourist accommodation, including Villa Rosa, will not be allowed without first presenting a negative SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 test certificate with the test taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. If you are travelling from a low risk country or area, as defined above, a certificate will only be required for people over six years old and either a rapid type antigen test or PCR or equivalent will suffice. For the avoidance of doubt, an antibody test will never be acceptable. If you have a PCR test for the Spanish legislation then use the same negative result certificate for this purpose as well.
Please note that, although we will usually look favourably on giving full or partial refunds of payments for a booking cancellation due to travel restrictions, we will not give refunds for cancellations due to illness or because of a positive COVID-19 test which stops anyone travelling to Villa Rosa. Please see our Terms and Conditions. We therefore advise that guests take out adequate travel insurance when making a booking.
The Canary Islands government is encouraging everyone to use the Radar COVID app on their mobile phones and it is a requirement of the Canaries legislation that we tell you to do so.
This uses the same underlying technology, in the way of an application program interface developed by Google and Apple, as similar applications in the UK and Ireland. If you are using the app from your own country you'll need to turn off contact tracing for that app to enable Radar COVID (the API will only support one active app at once) but please read the advice in the next paragraph about switching apps. If you cannot find the app in your app store, because you are not in Spain, here are direct links to Android and Apple
The Canaries government is also instructing visitors to keep the Radar COVID app running for 15 days after they return home so that they will get informed if they have been in close contact with other app users who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 while away. However, be aware that you can only have one Google/Apple API app running contact tracing at the same time so if you are, for example, an NHS COVID-19 app user at home in England or Wales, you would not be able to run it for 15 days. My advice would be to always enable the app, or contact tracing part of the app, for the area that you are currently in (so close contact is detected) but, for the first couple of days after you move locations, periodically switch apps for a minute or so, in order to get any notifications relating to the time when you were in the previous location.
Each person entering Spain from other countries must complete a Formulario de Control Sanitario, Health Control Form, (FCS), a maximum of 48 hours before arriving in Spain. It is strongly advised that these are completed electronically online before leaving the country of origin although, exceptionally, a paper form can be manually completed and signed on your arrival at Arrecife airport in Lanzarote.
The online form can be found on the SpTH (Spain Travel Health) website or a SpTH mobile phone application is available as an alternative. People have reported issues with the mobile phone app and it is probably easier to use the SpTH website.
In addition to the Spanish Health Control Form the Canary Islands requires a separate Declaration of Responsibility to be made. The relevant form is located on the Canaries Government website. This will most likely not open directly your browser and will need to be downloaded first. The Canaries Government implies that this Declaration is made instead of the Spanish FCS but it would be wise to complete both.
It is the responsibility of everyone, residents and visitors alike, to behave in a manner that helps to reduce and keep down the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections. Indeed, one of the first articles in the Spanish Royal Decree that sets out the "new normal" from 21st June 2020 states that everyone must adopt the necessary measures to avoid the generation of risks of spread of the COVID-19 disease, as well as their own exposure to those risks. If you are visiting Lanzaarote we personally ask you to do everything in your power to help in this endeavour and do not let your guard drop because you are on holiday.
In Spain the distance for interpersonal safety ("social distancing") is generally deemed to be 1.5 metres. Masks are mandatory for six years of age and over in many settings in Spain and in most settings in the Canaries. There are medical exceptions but be aware that the police are very keen on enforcement and remember being exempt from wearing a mask does not make one exempt from catching or passing on the virus. Please keep your distance from people you do not live with.
In the Canaries you must wear a mask at all times when out in public except when sat down eating or drinking. This includes inside an outside and is regardless of meeting or not meeting interpersonal distances. You can, however, carry out individual sport without a mask provided you keep a 2 metre distance from people you do not live with as well as on beaches, without moving (i.e. not when walking around), or bathing, provided you keep 1.5 metres from people outside your household. If you are well outside areas of population, such as on open ground or in the hills, and you can keep the 1.5 metre distance then you do not need to wear a mask. Please be aware that everyone age 6 or over must carry a mask even if they do not need to wear it at the particular time.
Bars and restaurants have strict regulations regarding distancing and other measures. Visitors should respect them and abide by instructions given and, in any case, keep distanced from others not in your household. Closing times are also regulated and may vary from time to time.
Smoking is not allowed on premises open to the public, such as bars and restaurants inside or outside. Smokers must keep at least 2 metres from other people, including people you live with, and smoking when moving on public roads is not permitted.
Working with our management company on the island, we are trying hard to make stays in Villa Rosa safe. We ask guests to "do their bit" to reduce infection risks for others including cleaners and following guests. Where possible, to reduce risk, there will be a 3 day window between guests leaving and the next guests arriving and other hygiene measures are in place. These are indicated by otherwise strange periods of "on hold" in our availability calendars.
24th November 2020 Issued
10th December 2020. Spain adds TMA test as well as other tests based on equivalent molecular techniques as an acceptable form of test and removes the need for a test for children under 6 years old.
13th December 2020. Addition of Canaries requirement for visitors to complete a Declaration of Responsibility, introduced on 10th December.
19th December 2020. Removal of reference to Canaries antigen tests from high risk countries following court ruling.
5th April 2021. Update to reflect current travel bans.