Useful Information

Electricity:

Electric power in Gran Canaria and throughout the Canary Islans is 220 volts, 50 hertz alternating current. Outlets follow the European standard and take plugs with two round pins. In any case, adaptors for special plugs are available in most hotels. Make sure that the electrical devices you will be using (computers, mobile phone chargers, electric shavers, etc.) work with this voltage, or use transformers or batteries that can handle different voltages.

Health requirements and precautions:

No vaccinations are required to travel to Spain.

Local currency and exchange rates:

Spain's official currency is the euro (EUR). The applicable exchange rate in March 2012 is approximately 1.31 USD to 1 EUR. All bank offices (generally with opening hours of Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), as well as exchange offices in major cities, offer travelers the possibility of exchanging currency. This service is also offered at most hotels and travel agencies.

Local time in Gran Canaria:

GMT/UTC +0

Official language:

Spanish.

Weather:

In September, Gran Canaria enjoys dry, sunny days. The average maximum temperature is 26ºC and the average low is 22ºC. Click here for today's weather in Gran Canaria.

Visas:

Visas are necessary for participants from countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Spanish territory. Information on visas and the list of diplomatic and consular missions of Spain with their respective countries of jurisdiction can be consulted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain.

For more information on countries whose nationals require a visa or are exempt from such requirement, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at:
http://www.maec.es/es/MenuPpal/Consulares/ServiciosConsulares/InformacionaExtranjeros/Visados/Documents/2011listadopaisessomentidosvisado.pdf