Canary Islands

Canary Islands

Use Normal Level of Caution

The Canary Islands are located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, west of Morocco and Western Sahara. The Canary Islands are one of 17 Autonomous Communities, established by the Spanish Constitution, and which sets out the rights of the Canary Islands to self-government. Autonomy was granted by Spain in 1982. The population is about 2,000,000 people.

The government is comprised of an elected legislative assembly, a president nominated by the King of Spain to head a government council and a supreme court of the autonomous community.

The Canary Islands are a major tourist destination with over 12 million people visiting the Islands every year. The Islands produce many fruits and vegetables, and the fishing industry is strong.

With few rivers or sources of fresh water on the islands, clean drinking water sources are limited and development projects continue to be a concern for environmentalists.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language Spanish
Capital Santa Cruz Tenerife and also Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert January 11, 2021 - Public Sector Workers Strike on 11 and 15 January in Canary Islands, Spain

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Canary Islands. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Canary Islands through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Canary Islands.

Dengue Fever

Outbreaks of dengue fever have occurred in this country.


Rabies is found in bats in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Canary Islands.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Any traveller who may have contact with bats should consider the rabies vaccination.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Canary Islands.

None required.

Safety and Security in Canary Islands

Emergency Numbers


Personal Safety

Travellers to the Canary Islands rarely experience safety and security problems, however, always follow normal safety precautions. Be sure personal belongings, valuables, and travel documents are kept safe at all times.

As in Spain, same-sex marriage is legal and there is a general acceptance of same-sex behaviour.

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