As part of Spain, Tenerife is within the EU and the Schengen area. The entry requirements differ, depending on whether you are travelling to Tenerife from another Schengen member state, an EU country that is not part of the Schengen area, or a third country.
Covid health controls for arrivals from EU- or Schengen-countries were lifted in June 2022.
Covid health controls for passengers arriving from third countries were discontinued from 21/10/2022.
Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31/12/2020, this includes the UK.
You will need a passport to be able to travel to Tenerife. It is important to check the age and expiry date to ensure that it is valid for travel. Your passport has to meet two criteria:
If your passport was renewed early, some additional months may have been added to its expiry date. Your passport may therefore still be valid for 3 months on the day of your return from Tenerife, but may already be more than 10 years old from the date of issue. Please check in good time before you travel that your passport fulfils both criteria.
The above information is based on the advice from the European Union website. Some airlines are currently requesting passport validity of 6 months or more at the time of travel, so please double-check your airline’s requirements.
The visa requirements for Tenerife will vary, depending on your nationality. Citizens of many countries do not currently require a visa if they visit Tenerife as a tourist for short trips. These countries include
Please see the European Union website for a full list of countries whose nationals are exempt from the visa requirement.
If you are travelling to Tenerife from one of the above-mentioned countries, the following rules apply:
If you do require a visa, you will need to apply for this at the Spanish embassy in your country of residence prior to travelling to Tenerife.
If you are visiting Tenerife as a tourist from a non-EU / non-Schengen country, you may also be asked to provide proof of the following:
A valid passport or national identity card is required for entry.
Due to the freedom of movement agreement within the EU, a visa is not required.
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Romania
EU citizens who are travelling within the Schengen area are not usually required to show a passport or national identity card for travel. However, you will still need to bring one of these documents with you, as foreigners who are on Spanish territory are obligated to carry valid proof of identity with them.
Due to the freedom of movement agreement within the EU, no visa is required.
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland
If you have lost your passport whilst in Tenerife you will need to call your embassy or consulate.
For more information, please also see the European Union website and the website of the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.