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.
Arrivals from China were temporarily subject to health controls but this is no longer the case. For more information, please see our Covid page.
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:
Different rules apply for business travel and longer stays. 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:
Please note, that these procedures are not yet operational.
There are changes ahead for nationals from non-Schengen /non-EU countries when visiting Spain (and/or other European countries). These were intended to be launched in 2023 but have already been postponed several times. According to the latest information, they are now due to become operational in mid-2025.
Nationals from non-EU/non-Schengen countries will soon be required to apply for travel authorisation ahead of their journey to Tenerife. This new scheme is called ETIAS, which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. A valid ETIAS authorisation will enable the person to visit Spain (and/or other European countries) as a tourist for short stays (please see above).
Once operational, an ETIAS travel authorisation can be obtained via the official website for a fee of € 7 and will be valid for 3 years. When applying for ETIAS travel authorisation, you will need to provide some personal information, e.g. your name, address, passport details and current occupation. You will also be asked questions about criminal convictions, past travel to conflict zones, and you will need to outline your travel plans during your stay in Europe.
EES (short for Entry/Exit system) is an IT system that will be used at passport control for passengers from non-EU, non-Schengen countries. The EES will automate border control procedures and replace passport stamping. This will speed up the process and increase the accuracy of the checks that are being carried out.
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, 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, Croatia, 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.