Spain’s entry rules for UK travelers explained, including PCR tests or proof of vaccination that Brits will need if they want to visit the country on vacation – and the new UK travel rules – United when you get home
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Holidays in Spain are currently on the agenda for Brits as the holiday hotspot is one of the countries open to UK travelers for holidays, let alone the Foreign Office which allows non-essential travel.
For those planning a trip in the fall / winter, there are still plenty of sunny options, whether you plan to explore towns from Madrid to Seville, hit some of those beautiful Spanish beaches, or make the most of the warm weather. for are in the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands.
Of course, thanks to the pandemic, there are still entry rules that Brits must follow both when going on vacation and when returning to the UK.
So what are the the rules for going to Spain?
All UK travelers, whether traveling to the mainland or to the islands, will need the following:
- An online declaration form completed within 48 hours of travel
- A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, OR proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.
Children under 12 are exempt from testing. Regarding the presentation of full proof of vaccination, Spain will accept the NHS Covid Pass but not your vaccination appointment card.
If you are traveling to the Canaries or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to show a negative Covid test.
In the Canaries, your accommodation may require you to present either a negative Covid test, proof of vaccination or a recent recovery from Covid.
There is no quarantine in place for Brits traveling to Spain.
Of course, it’s not just about the exit rules – there’s also travel rules when you return to the UK.
UK travel rules changed earlier this month, with the Amber List being removed and destinations now on the Red List or Rest of the World List. Spain is currently on the rest of the world list, although the requirements change depending on your vaccination status.
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If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to have a PCR test on the second day of your return.
If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to have a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on days two and eight in the UK. You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days, although you can pay for a fourth test when a negative result releases you early.
There have been more and more travel options for Britons in recent months as countries start to reopen their borders – in some cases for the first time since March 2020.
For example, the United States has announced that it is preparing to lift an 18-month travel ban for Britons in early November, although initially only those who are doubly stung will be able to visit the country. In fact, it joins a list of countries that plan to reopen this year, including Vietnam and the Netherlands.
- Entry rules are up to date at the time of writing, but they can change quickly during the pandemic. Always consult the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain before booking or going on a trip.
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