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Canary Islands

Canary Islands: At a glance

Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Population: 2.13 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Western European Standard Time, Western European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Canary Islands: Travel Health Information

The Canary Islands are known for their natural landscapes including beaches, mountains, and rainforests. Visitors can spot dolphins, finback, pilot, and sperm whales, or hike the area surrounding the Bandama cinder cone and caldera volcanoes. The resorts and spas of Las Palmas are also popular destinations.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Canary Islands may differ from your home country. Canary Islands is covered by Spain’s national healthcare system, so they have both public and private healthcare options. Public healthcare centres and services are generally widely available around the Canary Islands and quality of care is very good and meets international standards. Public healthcare is generally much more affordable than private care. Healthcare services requested at a hotel will usually be private.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Canary Islands require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Complex medical emergencies may require evacuation, with Western Europe as a frequent destination. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in the Canary Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally widely available in the Canary Islands. Medicines can only be purchased in pharmacies, including over-the-counter medications. Many medications are only available with a prescription.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Canary Islands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in the Canary Islands are generally well-maintained and paved. Roads are well-marked and have signs and traffic lights. Seat belts must be worn by passengers and drivers of vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Canary Islands: At a glance

Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Population: 2.13 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Western European Standard Time, Western European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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