Can I go to Spain? Spanish travel restrictions explained
The government’s traffic light system changed on Monday, October 4, 2021, with both the Green List and the Amber List being removed in favor of a list of destinations considered “clear” for travel, while the Red List remains. .
But what does this mean for holidays in Spain, and are British travelers allowed in? Here’s what you need to know to visit one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
Can I go on vacation to Spain?
Yes, as long as you are fully immunized. On Tuesday, November 29, the Spanish government tightened entry restrictions in response to fears over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Whereas previously unvaccinated Britons could enter with a negative PCR test, from Wednesday 1 December all travelers over 12 entering the country must be able to prove that they have had at least two vaccines, receiving their second vaccine at least 14 days before.
Your return to the UK is also easier if you are fully vaccinated. Double-bitten travelers do not have to take a pre-departure test, but must still complete a passenger locator form and take a PCR test no later than the second day of their return, and self-isolate at home until they get the results. Unvaccinated travelers should follow the previous Amber List rules: book a test before departure, take PCR tests on days two and eight, and quarantine at home for 10 days (reduced to five days using the Test To system Release, although this is not available in Northern Ireland).
Different rules apply to children depending on their exact age: find out more in UK government guidelines.
What are the entry requirements for Spain?
As of Wednesday, December 1, all international arrivals over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to enter. To be considered fully immunized, at least 14 days must have passed since the second dose. The EU accepts vaccines administered in the UK. All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit, must complete a health control form before their departure, regardless of their country of origin.
Is it safe to travel to Spain now?
The Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development considers Spain a safe place to visit now, although they note the importance of purchasing travel insurance before your trip. It is always best to check the advice of the local government before traveling, as the rules can change quickly and without notice.
Where to stay: Are you looking for time to decompress after confinement, or for a busy city break? After maybe more than a year at home it can be hard to choose, but Spain have both. Start in Barcelona at the elegant Nobu Hotel for sights and history, before traveling to the Balearic island of Mallorca and heading to El Llorenç de la Mar Park for rooftop and water views crystalline.
What to do: In addition to switching to a diet consisting only of tapas, we recommend that you hire a car to travel the coastal paths of Mallorca. Stop at Es Pontàs, a natural arch in the southeastern part of the island, in time for the sunset.
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