Spain covid restrictions dropped for unvaccinated UK holidaymakers

British holidaymakers who have not been vaccinated against covid can now travel to Spain, it has been officially confirmed.

On Friday, Spain’s Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said the move would be made within “a matter of days” – instead it took just 24 hours, reports WalesOnline.

As of Saturday (May 22), non-vaccinated travellers from outside of the EU could enter the popular holiday destination once more – although all unvaccinated travellers will need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test.

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This can be either a PCR test or an antigen test.

Meanwhile, those who are fully vaccinated do not need to take a test, but still need to show proof they received the covid jab.

The UK removed its travel restrictions on March 18, meaning that travel between the two countries is now nearly as straightforward as before the pandemic.

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Visitors to Spain must present one of the following to enter:

  • Vaccination certificate meeting the government’s requirements
  • A negative test certificate (PCR or similar)
  • Certificate of recovery at least 11 days after testing positive

The proof of vaccination can be a UK certificate, either in digital or printed form. For those taking tests, these must be done in the 72 hours before travel if a PCR, or 24 if using a rapid flow antigen test.

Anyone using a proof of recovery certificate is reminded that it is valid for 180 days from the date of a positive test. Children aged under 12 are exempt from all requirements to prove vaccination or prior infection.