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What to do in case of an emergency?

Inspirational book

To keep informed about the local news, I regularly surf the internet to look for fun or interesting pieces about the Canary Islands. A while back I came across a post from Jasmine, who lives in Lanzarote.

She posted that she had written a book about her prison time in Egypt: A night in a cage. Although this has nothing to do with Tenerife, I got curious. In short: a young Belgium tour guide is involved in a traffic accident in Egypt and has to deal with the local authorities. You can probably guess, by the title of the book, where her journey ends.

I have worked as a tour guide myself for many years and I know how, due to the long working hours in tourism, one is simply not always as alert as one should be. So I could totally empathized with Jasmine's situation.

So, I decided to add a new chapter to my website that indirectly is related. An accident is just around the corner. And what happened in Egypt can also happen in Tenerife. And there you are, in a foreign country, where a language is spoken that you do not (completely) understand. What to do?

About the new chapter

The Canary Islands are actually relatively safe. Yet a seemingly minor problem can completely ruin your well-deserved vacation. What if, for example, your (rental) car has been towed, you have been pickpocketed or your passport is nowhere to be found? Or you suddenly get sick. What about doctors, hospitals, etc.?

Because these are things that can happen, I have added a new chapter to the website under the heading What to do in case of an emergency? In due course I will add additional information about the police, doctors and embassies, plus a few useful tips. Click here for a link to my new chapter..

Well-intentioned tips, so that you can enjoy our sunny Tenerife without any disturbances.

Stay safe and Hasta Pronto!

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What to do in case of emergency?

I sincerely hope that you will not need this page often. But what to do if you suddenly need a doctor or dentist during your holiday in Tenerife? Or what should you do if your wallet is stolen? In short: what to do in case of emergency??

In the links below you will find all the information you need. I have deliberately chosen sub-chapters so that you can directly click on the relevant information if needed. In case of an emergency it is essential to act as quickly as possible, so with the separate sub-chapters it will hopefully save you some valuable time.

Okay, let's start with the all-important emergency phone number:

112 emergency number

Alarmnummer 112

This is the general number for: 

  • Ambulance
  • Fire brigade
  • Law enforcement

After an emergency has been reported, the appropriate authorities are called in to resolve the emergency. Telephone support will also be provided as long as professional help is not yet on site.

Important to know:

  • This number is completely toll-free and 24/7 bereikbaar.
  • Even if the phone is locked, it is possible to call the emergency number 112 (even without a SIM card) as long as there is mobile coverage. Furthermore, the number can also be called from a landline or telephone booth. 
  • The specialized staff speaks English and German and Spanish.

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