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Monday, December 27, 2021

Covid certificates became mandatory in the Canary Islands on December 25


The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands positively values ​​the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) to ratify the implementation of the COVID certificate in the Canary Islands, on a mandatory basis, for all sectors that are subject to capacity restrictions on islands that are at alert levels 3 and 4.

This measure came into effect after its publication in an extraordinary government bulletin (BOC) on Christmas Eve, and will have an initial validity of one month, a period during which it will be subject to monitoring and evaluation, without prejudice to the possibility of an extension based on of the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

The entry into force of the mandatory certificate for establishments and activities subject to capacity limits on the islands at levels 3 and 4 does not allow them to benefit from lower level measures, as was the case when the use of the COVID certificate was voluntary.

Access requirements

Access to the establishments, facilities or activities for public use established in the standard will require the accreditation of the absence of active COVID-19 infection for users over 12 years and 3 months. This accreditation will be carried out by displaying the negative result of a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection, carried out in a legally authorized laboratory with a maximum of 48 hours in advance, and self-diagnostic tests are not admissible.

This accreditation may be replaced, at the option of the interested party, either by the voluntary accreditation of vaccination, showing an official certificate of having received the complete vaccination schedule in accordance with the provisions of the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain, starting of the 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination regimen, or by having recovered from the disease between the previous 11 and 180 days, through the exhibition of an official certificate.

Accreditation will be carried out by displaying any of the planned certificates, in digital or paper format, to the persons designated for access control by the person who owns or is responsible for the establishment, facility or activity, who will carry out their verification .

At the entrance of the establishments, facilities or activities, in a visible area, an informative poster will be placed to the public about the necessary nature of this documentation for access to it, as well as about the non-conservation of accredited personal health data.

Establishments, facilities or activities for public use for which access will require accreditation

The accreditation of the established health requirements will be required for access to the following establishments, facilities or activities for public use, publicly or privately owned:
  • Hotel and restaurant establishments open to the public, whose resolution granting an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people. The dining rooms (not cafeterias) of formal education centres are exempted from this measure, with respect to students and teachers.
  • Nightlife establishments and activities, whose resolution to grant an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food is allowed.
  • Establishments and spaces dedicated to recreational and gambling activities, whose resolution to grant an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food is allowed.
  • Events and celebrations with a concentration of people and music festivals attended by more than 500 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Sporting events attended by more than 500 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Public shows attended by more than 500 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Cultural activities in cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and similar, whose resolution granting the opening license has a capacity of more than 50 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Gymnasiums and similar equipment.
  • Health establishments and centres for visits to admitted patients, as well as to accompany users to consultation, diagnostic tests, cures or treatment, except in the cases of minors, disabled, dependents or people whose health or other circumstances They are required, at the discretion of the health personnel of the centre or establishment.
  • Residential or day healthcare establishments for visitors and people outside the institution.
Required in open and closed spaces

The accreditation of the sanitary requirements will be required for access both to the open spaces and to the closed spaces of the establishments, facilities or activities indicated.

The establishments and activities in which it will be required are those that offer the highest risk of contagion, usually related to leisure activities, or those in which there is a special relationship with vulnerable people, such as health or social health establishments.

Voluntary COVID Certificate for the islands in levels 1 and 2

The Ministry of Health recalls that the Order of the Minister of Health, also ratified by the TSJC, which establishes the use of the COVID certificate on a voluntary basis in establishments and activities subject to limits, continues to be valid for the islands that are in levels 1 and 2. The implementation of the certificate in the establishments allows them to apply measures of a lower level than that of the island in question.

COVID SCS Reader App

The Ministry of Health made the COVID SCS Reader app available to citizens at the beginning of December that can be downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play and Huawei App Gallery, in order to facilitate the use of the COVID certificate in all establishments and activities that want it. 


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