Spain holidays: Canary Islands weather warning as flights delayed in Lanzarote

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According to reports, two Jet2 planes had to circle at sea before landing in Lanzarote yesterday. This was due to reduced visibility and caused minor delays.

The region experienced a ‘calima’. The phenomenon occurs when a layer of dust from the Sahara covers the islands.

The hot and dusty wind affects visibility and sometimes a fine dust covers objects outdoors.

After the ‘calima’, the region is expected to experience an Atlantic storm that will bring high winds and gusts.

There is an orange weather warning in place on the popular islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera.

A rain warning is in place for all the islands on Monday January 17 apart from Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Storms are expected across the other Canary Islands, including in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

It is expected to be cloudy in Tenerife and snow might even fall on higher areas such as Mount Teide.

Winds over the weekend caused havoc in Tenerife with several incidents of falling trees and fences.

British tourists in the Canary Islands must follow current Covid restrictions which vary across the islands.

In Tenerife, British tourists need to use a Covid passport to access some indoor venues including bars.

Restaurants and bars have to close at midnight and a maximum of six people from different households can meet.

A “prior appointment” must be made at some of the islands’ beaches to keep numbers under control.

Across Spain, tourists and residents need to wear a facemask both indoors and outdoors.

Facemasks are also mandatory on public transport and at all public stations and social distancing is advised.

The rules are less extreme on the holiday islands of Lanzarote, La Palma and Gran Canaria which have fewer cases of Covid.

Bars and restaurants on those islands can close at the later hour of one am although are still subject to some capacity restrictions.

British tourists must be fully vaccinated to travel to Spain and only children under the age of 12 are exempt.

Once they arrive in the UK, British tourists must currently take a lateral flow test on or before day two after arrival.

Lateral flow tests must be purchased from a Government approved provider which can be found on the Government website.

There is speculation that the Government intends to scrap travel testing altogether in the coming weeks.

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