What do I need to travel to Spain

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With everything from sandy beaches, to bustling cities and tasty tapas, Spain is a favourite hotspot for British travellers. Spain is currently on the UK’s ‘amber list’ of countries – but what does that mean for British tourists? If you are entering Spain from the UK, you need to make sure you are up to date with all the entry requirements. 

Can I travel to Spain from the UK?

Are you missing the sunny Spanish beaches? Chances are, they’re missing you too.

Back in May, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said they would be “more than delighted” to welcome back British tourists.

Spain, as well as the Canary and Balearic islands, is on the UK Government’s ‘amber list’ of countries.

Being on the amber list means tourists can travel there, but before you return you must have a negative PCR test and you’ll have to quarantine for 10 days after you head back to the UK.

During the quarantine upon your return, you must be tested on days two and eight. However, if you have had both your Covid vaccinations you won’t need to quarantine at all.

What do I need before I travel to Spain?

If you have not had both doses of a Covid vaccine, you will need to provide a negative PCR test result. The test should be taken within 72 hours of travel.

If you are travelling with children under the age of 12, they will not need to show a negative PCR test result.

Where can I get a Covid PCR test?

You will need to take a PCR or antigen test if you are unvaccinated or only single-jabbed before you can travel to Spain. 

You will need to organise these tests and pay for them yourself through a private provider. The UK Government has provided a list of those providers which can be found here.

If you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling to Spain, you do not need to have a negative PCR test, but you will need to bring proof of your vaccination.

You will also need to fill out an online Health Control Form 48 hours before you travel.

You can find the entry requirements for travelling to Spain in full on the UK Government website.

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Will Spain stay on the amber list?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to review travel restrictions and deliver an update on either September 15 or September 16.



What are the Covid restrictions in Spain?

The Spanish Government declared a State of Emergency in October 2020 which was lifted nationwide in May 2021. However, remaining restrictions vary between different regions.

Spain is still enforcing social distancing of 1.5 metres.

Wearing face masks is no longer mandatory outdoors in Spain, but you must still wear a face mask in the following situations:

  • In an enclosed public space (shops, restaurants, hotels)
  • In an indoor space with mixed households
  • Travelling on public transport
  • Outdoors where social distancing is not possible

People who are unable to wear a mask for any health conditions are exempt from these rules, but penalties can be imposed on anyone who flouts the rules without a legitimate reason.

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