Good advice when travelling to Tenerife and Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands offer sunshine and beaches during the cold, dark months here in the north, and have become a popular destination for Nordic travellers.

Spain is one of the countries we receive most cases from here at SOS International, and during the winter, we often receive calls from travellers on Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The Canaries are happy to get tourists back after the long Corona lockdowns. If you are holidaying on the Canaries, we recommend checking whether there are any precautions you ought to take before setting off.

Here are a number of recommendations when travelling to the Canaries, read and take note to ensure a safe (and hopefully relaxing) holiday.

Contact SOS International if you are ill or injured. Our alarm centre is open 24/7, call +45 7010 5050.

If you become ill on the Canaries

During your journey: Doctor makes a house call to your hotel

SOS International can arrange what we call "house calls", a comfortable and convenient solution if you are ill. A doctor can come to you either at your hotel or apartment.

A house call is easy and convenient for you or your family, and avoids making contact with other patients, for example. We arrange payment, and the doctor will give you a receipt if required.

If your symptoms are not suitable for a house call, it is still imperative that you contact SOS International. We can then ensure that you are referred to suitable treatment right from the start.

Beware of ambulance collection

Always use your common sense when travelling and going to and from medical facilities. Especially if you have to call an ambulance.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the reduced number of travellers has affected the hospitals at popular holiday destinations economically. That means that some medical providers might try to make up for lost income when the tourists return. As an example, by offering ambulances in cases with symptoms where it may not be necessary.

Ambulance collection can easily cost Eur 400-600, even for short distances. You, the patient, can risk ending up with the bill.

Think carefully whether the treatment you get, including ambulance collection, is needed compared to the treatment you can get at home.

Public hospitals on the Canaries

The public hospitals in the big towns on the Canary Islands are good quality.

We always recommend that you call SOS International before contacting a doctor. SOS International has a very large network of doctors, hospitals and healthcare personnel in the locality, whose level of quality we can guarantee.

Contact SOS International if you are ill or injured. Our alarm centre is open 24/7, call +45 7010 5050.

Travel tips before heading for the Canaries

Follow the general travel guides for Spain issued by the Foreign Ministry:

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

We also recommend that you register for the Ministry’s travel database, to keep informed and warned by the Danish authorities if necessary:


Remember to check what your travel insurance covers:

Medical pre-assessment

Other useful links if travelling to Spain

Registering for entry to Spain
Entry restrictions and other local restrictions in Spain
More tips from SOS International to travelling in Spain

Contact us

Are you travelling and in need of acute assistance?

Contact SOS International's alarm centre on +45 7010 5050.

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