British holidaymakers not vaccinated against Covid can now travel to Spain, it has been confirmed. On Friday, the country’s tourism minister, Maria Reyes Maroto, said the move would be completed in “a few days”.
Now it has been confirmed that from Saturday May 22, unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU will be able to enter again. They will have to show a negative test.
Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested, but still need to show proof that they are bitten. The UK lifted its travel restrictions on March 18, meaning travel between the two countries is now almost as easy as it was before the pandemic.
On Saturday, the Spanish Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto told the BBC that the “new phase of the pandemic” has allowed the country to relax the rules: “This is excellent news, eagerly awaited by the tourism sector. Spain is becoming one of the most wanted in the world”.
Visitors to Spain must present one of the following documents to enter:
- Vaccination certificate meeting government requirements
- A negative test certificate (PCR or similar)
- Certificate of recovery at least 11 days after a positive test
Proof of vaccination can be a UK certificate, in digital or printed form. For those taking tests, these must be done within 72 hours before travel if it is a PCR, or 24 if using a rapid throughput antigen test.
Anyone using a proof of recovery certificate is reminded that it is valid for 180 days from the date of a positive test. Children under 12 are exempt from any obligation to prove vaccination or previous infection.
Julia Lo Bue-Said of Advantage Travel Partnership, a group of independent travel agents, told the BBC: ‘This is really good news ahead of mid-season and peak season in May.
She added: “However, it is disappointing that Spain has not gone further and removed the need for pre-arrival testing for unvaccinated travelers given the minimal health benefit of such testing. consumers want to travel easily and if destinations prohibit it, then they will go elsewhere.”
The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) added: “This summer is set to be the busiest holiday season since the start of the pandemic, with 70% of families saying they have booked overseas holidays this year.”
Abta said France, Italy, Greece and Portugal were also popular. While Greece has removed all Covid travel restrictions, the other three countries still require visitors to follow certain entry rules. Travelers need proof of vaccination or having tested negative before leaving the UK, while Italy and Portugal will also accept a Covid recovery certificate.