What do i need to travel to Spain? Covid tests, entry requirements and vaccination rules for the UK explained


While travel restrictions are relaxed for fully vaccinated people traveling to the UK, other European countries are still quite strict on their entry rules.

Travelers entering the UK who have received both Covid vaccines do not need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test, take a post-arrival PCR test on the eighth day costing around £ 65 or less. self-isolate at home.

But those who travel to Spain to enjoy the autumn sun should always follow the entry rules and here’s what you need to know.

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Can I fly to mainland Spain without taking a test?

It depends on your vaccination status. The Spanish government requires that all arrivals to Spain from the UK (except children under 12) present one of the following upon entry:

  • Documentation proving that you have taken a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and have tested negative
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival in Spain (the vaccination date (s) must be specified), with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.

Spain will accept the UK COVID-19 vaccination record. Your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

Certificates of Recovery – a medical document certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months prior to travel – are currently not accepted for arrivals from the UK.

Visitors traveling to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands are advised to check with their travel provider as there may be additional entry requirements.

What are the Covid rules in Spain?

Masks should be worn indoors in public areas and also outdoors where a social distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained.

Different regions of Spain have different rules on nightclubs and maximum number limits in places of entertainment.

The Balearic Islands have announced that they will reopen nightclubs from October 8 but a Covid vaccination passport may be required for entry.

What are the new rules for traveling to the UK?

Instead of the currently required two minimum tests (three days before departure and up to two days after arrival in the UK), from 4 October fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will no longer need to take a test before departure.

All travelers – except children under five – will still have to pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.

These rules apply to people coming from non-Red List destinations who have been vaccinated in the UK, EU, US or 18 other recognized countries.

From the end of October, the PCR test will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow, but a date has not yet been confirmed.

Pre-departure testing will still be required for travelers arriving in the UK from Red List countries.


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