Planning a trip to Gran Canaria? Make sure you know what documents are required to get onto the island. The Canary Islands are an autonomous region within Spain. This means the same regulations apply when it comes to entering Gran Canaria. You must hold a valid passport or visa depending on what country you live in, the duration of your visit and your reason for travelling, e.g. tourism, work or study.
If you are at all unsure, please contact your travel agent or the Embassy/Consulate of Spain based in your hometown before you travel.
Gran Canaria enjoys scheduled flight connections with all the other islands of the archipelago and with mainland Spain. Many European cities also provide charter flights to Gran Canaria.
There are regular ferries and hydrofoil services to and from Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Passengers arriving from these destinations and also from mainland Spain (Cádiz), dock at Puerto de la Luz in Las Palmas, in the north of the island. You can also travel to and from Funchal, the capital of Madeira, by ferry. If you are travelling with a caravan, please note that caravans are not allowed on campsites in Madeira.
You do not need vaccinations to visit the Canary Islands, unless you are travelling from an infected area. If you are in any doubt, check with your tour operator or local Spanish Embassy.