Spain EXTENDS Covid restrictions over Easter holidays

Spain EXTENDS Covid restrictions over Easter holidays meaning only fully vaccinated visitors will be let in

  • Spain has extended its Covid entry requirements for travellers until April 30
  • Only people who are fully vaccinated or can show proof of recovery can enter
  • Move comes as a blow to any unvaccinated Brits hoping to visit Spain during the Easter holidays

Spain has extended its Covid entry requirements until the end of the month – meaning it will affect Easter holidaymakers from Britain.

Until April 30, only fully vaccinated Brits or those who can show proof of recovery from Covid can enter the country.

The Spanish Ministry of Health also required all travellers from an EU/EEA risk country need to fill out the Health Control Form. 

‘If you come from a country at risk in relation to COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection or recovery from COVID-19,’ a statement of the ministry read.

Spain has extended its Covid entry requirements until the end of the month – meaning it will affect Easter holidaymakers from Britain

Spain, one of the most popular holiday destination among Brits, was expected to relax the entry requirement at the end of March in a boost for Easter holiday travel.

But officials chose instead to extend the rules until the end of this month, which will come as a blow to anyone who now can’t go away.

There are different rules for teens, as they don’t need to be vaccinated to enter Spain. 

Spain is also one of several European holiday destinations that has placed an expiration date on vaccines.

To enter, you must be able to prove you were fully vaccinated against Covid within the last 270 days.

If you received your second dose more than nine months ago, you must have had a booster jab to be allowed in.

Tourism officials said they expect international arrivals to reach 80 per cent of pre-pandemic volumes this year, as northern Europeans shrug off concerns over the Ukraine conflict and return en masse for Easter, a senior tourism official said on Friday.

‘Easter isn’t showing any direct impact from uncertainty caused by the conflict,’ Secretary of State for Tourism Fernando Valdes said, adding that he was confident the industry would bounce back from the drop caused by the Omicron coronavirus variant in late 2021 and early 2022.

Any future hit from the war to Spanish tourism would depend on its duration and intensity, he told a news conference.

Bookings for the long Easter weekend have already reached 90 per cent of 2019 levels, according to data from market-intelligence firm ForwardKeys he showed at the news conference.

Reservations from Denmark and Sweden were nearly 40 per cent higher than over the same period before the pandemic, while the number is 26 per cent higher for Germans and 13 per cent for Britons, the data showed.

The number of tourists from the United States is around 26 per cent lower than in 2019.

The Balearic and Canary Islands are among the fastest recovering destinations, with Ibiza and Tenerife registering more Easter bookings than before COVID, the ForwardKeys data showed.