As the summer holidays loom, Brits up and down the country will be preparing for a much-needed getaway in the sun.
And this year, Spain is looking to be the most likely candidate thanks to the recent easing of many of its Covid restrictions, which a number of other holiday spots continue to implement.
Yet while a number of airlines are offering holiday and flight packages to Spain, the Balearics and Canary Islands, there are still a number of entry requirements tourists need to be aware of.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Those arriving into Spain will need to show proof of either being fully vaccinated or having recently recovered from Covid.
To be considered as fully vaccinated, travelers will need to have completed a full vaccination course at least fourteen days before travel – if they completed this nine months before traveling to Spain, they will need a booster jab to qualify as fully vaccinated.
Spain recently eased its restrictions on unvaccinated teenagers aged between twelve and seventeen, who now only require a negative Covid test rather than a vaccination certificate. They have also dropped a number of other restrictions such as mask wearing outdoors.
As it stands, unvaccinated Brits will not be able to enter Spain for holidays unless they can show proof of recovery.
The neighboring Canary Islands – including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – have similar rules to Spain that requires visitors to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or proof of recent recovery.
However, some tourists may be required to show proof of a negative Covid test upon arrival at their accommodation – this will need to be checked with the tour operator or travel agent.
All travelers will need to fill out a pre-travel online form before visiting the Canaries.
And luckily for holiday-makers, the Canaries recently dropped all of their local Covid restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to remove their capacity restrictions.
The Balearic Islands – made up of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – are only welcoming fully-vaccinated travelers.
Those who can provide proof of a recent recovery from Covid will not be accepted, though children under the age of twelve are exempt from all vaccination and testing requirements.
Anyone entering the Balearic Islands will also need to fill out a pre-travel health check form online.
For people traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office travel advice notes: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative COVID test on the region you are traveling from.
“Check with your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.”