Spain holidays: Can we fly to Spain now?

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The UK is currently in its second lockdown, due to end on December 2. Two vaccines have been hailed as been successful this week, which comes as good news to those yearning for a return to normality. The first vaccine from pharmaceutical brand Pfizer was found to be 95 percent effective, while the second from US biotech firm Moderna yielded similar results. Travellers and holidaymakers are undoubtedly hopeful this could spell the end of restrictions against international travel.

Can we fly to Spain?

Nobody should be travelling to Spain at the moment unless for essential reasons.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for Spain reads: “From November 5 to December 2, 2020, travelling away from home, including international, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education.”

It is worth noting different rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The FCO adds: “Travel disruption is possible worldwide.

“Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules.

“Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.”

On arrival to Spain, travellers coming from Britain will not be required to self-isolate.

You will, however, be required to quarantine for two weeks when you enter the UK from Spain.

From November 23, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from ‘at risk’ countries will be required to show a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Entry to the country will not be permitted without one.

The UK is currently on Spain’s ‘at risk’ list of destinations and will therefore be subject to this requirement.

If you need to travel to Spain, you shouldn’t use the NHS testing service as proof of your negative result.

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Instead, you should arrange to take a private test as this has more validity in terms of travel requirements.

It is mandatory for all passengers travelling by plane or boat to Spain to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours before travel.

This will provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information, details of any known history or exposure to COVID-19, and confirmation that you can provide evidence of a negative swab test within the last 72 hours.

On completion of the form, you will be given a personal and non-transferrable QR code which you have to show at airport health controls when you get to Spain.

Travellers to the Canary Islands will need to provide a negative Covid test when checking in to any regulated accommodation, like hotels and Air BNBs.

You are also advised to take out a health insurance policy for your stay, making sure it provides you with sufficient over.

On October 25, the Spanish Government declared a nationwide state of emergency, which means more mobility restrictions and curfews.

Make sure to check what’s going on in the region of Spain you’re heading to beforehand. 

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