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Villa Rosa - SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

Villa Rosa is a privately owned house in Lanzarote that we make available for holiday rental under the Canary Islands tourism regulations.

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Updated 8th June 2021*

Here is some information about COVID-19 related entry requirements into Spain and the Canary Islands and any stay in Villa Rosa and Lanzarote. The world-wide COVID-19 disease is caused by SARS-CoV-2, a type of coronavirus.

Governance: 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. In general, Spain sets laws and rules that apply to the whole of Spain and in many areas of concern, including health and tourism, the Canaries sets laws and rules that apply to just the islands. The Canaries government can add to the national laws but cannot "downgrade" them. This can sometimes cause confusion.

Home Government Advice and Regulations

Before travelling, check what your own government says about travelling to Spain, specifically Lanzarote or the Canary Islands. You might want, for example, to check advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the UK or advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland. You might also want to check if the "advice" is actually "advice" or is a legal requirement. If, for example, the FCDO advises against travel then there is usually no legal obligation to abide by the advice but it might affect your travel insurance cover if you travel against the advice.

In addition, check what you need to do to return back home.  You may have to take a COVID-19 test in Lanzarote and complete a passenger locator form for your home country before returning home.  You might also have to take further tests on arrival home and perhaps quarantine.  Rules change constantly.  COVID-19 tests are available in Lanzarote.

SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 Testing

If you intend to book a stay at Villa Rosa be aware that relevant Canary Islands tourism legislation dictates that access to any regulated tourist accommodation, including Villa Rosa, by people aged over six is conditional on presenting documentation that shows one of three conditions:

A negative SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 test has been taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival at the accommodation or
The visitor has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the eight months prior to the trip or has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within the past four months and at least 15 days prior to the trip or
The visitor can prove with an official medical certificate or public document that the visitor has had, and recovered from, the disease within the past 6 months.

The test can be a rapid type antigen test or any type of molecular nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) such as PCR, LAMP or TMA. (Antigen tests are usually cheaper than the alternatives and results can be obtained quicker.) For the avoidance of doubt, an antibody test will never be acceptable.

If you are arriving from a "risk" country, in the case of having a negative test certificate the test needs to be taken a maximum of 48, not 72, hours before arriving in Spain.  The definition of "risk country" is on the Spanish government website which will be reviewed every 15 days.  In essence, from a country of "risk" the rules apply at the border otherwise the rules apply to enter Villa Rosa.

Radar COVID

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.

Health Control forms

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.

Out and About

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.

Be prepared to be asked for ID and contact information by bars and restaurants.  This is for track and trace purposes.  For countries that do not normally issues IDs, such as UK and Ireland, a passport is the obvious ID choice but a copy might suffice for this purpose.  (Regardless of COVID-19, it is a Spanish requirement that IDs must be carried at all times.  Many tourists do not do this but nevertheless it is a legal requirement.  The police will not accept a copy of the passport as ID, unless it is formally notarised by a Spanish notary, but will accept a photo driving licence.)

Villa Rosa

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 time window between guests leaving and the next guests arriving and other hygiene measures are in place.  These are often indicated by otherwise strange periods of "on hold" in our availability calendars.

*Updates

24th November 2020   Issued

8th June 2021.  Rewritten

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