Spain: Stephen Dixon discusses ‘vaccine passports’
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Many Britons may be eager to jet off to Spain this year, however for the time being international travel remains on hold. Despite this, the country has recently amended its entry requirements for Britons.
In line with this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued an update.
It includes the “removal of information on restrictions before 30 March 2021.”
However, Britons are still subject to a number of strict entry requirements and may only visit Spain for a set list of reasons.
“Spain’s borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries, however specific entry restrictions and testing requirements may be in place depending on the country you are travelling from,” explains the FCDO.
“Some restrictions on travellers from outside the European Union and the Schengen free-travel area remain in place.
“Passenger travel from the UK to Spain is restricted to EU and Schengen associated state citizens, those who are legally resident in the EU or in Schengen associated states or those passengers who can demonstrate that their journey is essential.”
Those travelling from the UK to Spain should ensure they have proof of the reason for their journey.
The FCDO adds: “If you are resident in Spain, you should carry your residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as your valid passport when you travel.”
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UK travellers are also subject to COVID-19 testing requirements.
“From the 23 November 2020, pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements are in place for those travelling by air and sea from ‘risk’ countries (as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control),” the FCDO states.
“Arrivals from the UK are currently subject to this requirement.”
All passengers must present a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP swab test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country.
The requirement applies to all passengers arriving by air or sea, regardless of their residence status in Spain or the length of time they intend on staying.
“A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spanish airports or ports from ‘risk’ countries without adequate evidence of a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test,” warns the FCDO
“While TMA and LAMP tests are not currently widely available in the UK, you should refer to testing facilities directly for specific information on the types of tests available to you, prior to booking an appointment.”
Britons are further warned not to use NHS testing to facilitate travel.
Prior to travel, passengers are also required to fill out an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to their journey.
On arrival, they must present the QR code from the from to staff, and a health assessment may be conducted by staff.
The FCDO adds: “Due to current travel restrictions, be aware that you may be questioned on arrival by Spanish border authorities to ensure you meet the legal entry requirements.
“Spanish border authorities will only grant entry if they are satisfied that you are returning to Spain to your habitual place of residence or can demonstrate an essential reason to enter and reserve the right to deny passage.
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