Latest travel rules for Spain as Covid travel rules remain in place

The UK was plunged in and out of various lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic which saw a ban on international travel. But as this year is the first year where coronavirus restrictions have been fully lifted, many people will be looking at jetting off abroad.

The tourism sector was arguably among the biggest hit sectors during the pandemic, with planes grounded and bans on travel to certain countries in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus. Across most popular European holiday destinations, travel rules have been relaxed as countries attempt to attract holidaymakers back onto their shores.

But while things are back to near normal here in Britain, other countries have been slower to follow suit. Among those is Spain, which recently announced an extension to Covid entry rules for travellers.

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Spain has confirmed that Covid-19 travel rules will remain in place for UK flyers until May 15. It is one of the few countries in the European Union still imposing entry rules even though most tourists are not affected.

UK flyers can still enter mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearics with no conditions as long as they have proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival to Spain, with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organisation (WHO), or if the initial vaccination treatment was completed more than nine months previously (270 days), they’ll need to show they’ve had a Covid-19 booster jab, or proof of a previous infection with Covid-19 on a PCR or rapid antigen test issued in the last six months. You can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 recovery status on entry.

UK travellers who are able to show proof of full vaccination, or have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months of travelling, or who are under the age of 12, will not have to fill out Spain’s Travel Health Control Form. All unvaccinated travellers will have to complete the form no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Children under the age of 12 can enter restriction-free. All UK visitors aged 12 to 17 can enter Spain with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain. Antigen tests are not accepted. All teenagers who are fully vaccinated can also enter without restrictions.

Public health measures to reduce the transmission of Covid also remain in force across Spain and may vary between regions. New rules may be brought in at short notice, for example, due to a new variant.

In the country, the use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years on public transport, in pharmacies, medical centres and care homes. In addition to the mandatory use of face masks in the above situations, the Spanish government recommends you use them responsibly in enclosed public spaces such as shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants and at large events such as concerts and sporting events.

Those with respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt. You must also follow safety measures put in place by hotels, bars, shops and restaurants – for example, social distancing.

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