Travelers from the United Kingdom will continue to remain subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions when traveling to Spain as the latter has decided to extend its entry rules at least until May 15.
The decision to extend the current entry rules until the end of the month was announced by the Spanish Ministry of Interior.
According to the official tourism website of Spain, Travel Safe, all travelers from the UK are currently required to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate in order to be permitted entry to Spain, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“If you are traveling from United Kingdom, to enter Spain, you must show a vaccination or a recovery certificate,” the statement of Travel Safe reads.
A vaccination certificate is considered valid when traveling to Spain only if the document proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination with one of the recognized vaccine doses in the last 270 days. Certificates proving that the holder has received a booster shot are also recognized for entry to Spain.
As for the recovery certificate, the authorities explain that the document is only accepted if it indicates that the holder has recovered from the virus in the last 180 days.
The Spanish Ministry of Health explains that the requirement to present one of these two passes does not apply to children under the age of 12.
In addition, the same emphasises that less strict rules apply to children and young people between the age of 12 and 17. Travelers aged between 12 and 17 can enter Spain even if they have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus as long as they present a PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Antigen tests are not accepted.
Travelers from the UK over the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus and who fall under the exemption list can also travel to Spain, provided that they present a negative COVID-19 test result.
However, the exemption list includes only some specific categories of travelers, such as health professionals, transport personnel, diplomatic and consular personnel, students, and highly qualified workers, among others.
Even though Spain’s entry rules remain unchanged, the country has already facilitated some of its domestic COVID-19 rules. Spain lifted the requirement to wear a face mask on April 20. Since then, travelers have been able to access different public places and events without being required to wear a face mask.