Spain has scrapped coronavirus travel rules for all countries in the European Union – but not for the UK.
People from the EU no longer have to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19, recovery from the virus, or negative test results on arrival.
However, rules for non EU – or third countries – have not changed meaning UK travelers will still have to follow Covid-19 travel procedures.
According to SchengenVisaInfo, the move came into effect on Thursday, June 2 – following a report approved by Spanish authorities – which supports abolishing coronavirus restrictions once circumstances allow such a move to go ahead.
The Spanish Health Ministry explained: “In Spain, due to the high rates of vaccination coverage, above the European Union average, and the favorable situation of the health system, it is considered appropriate to also eliminate travel restrictions for people from countries belonging to the European Union or with the consideration of associated Schengen countries.”
Spain’s entry rules for UK travelers
According to UK government guidelines, the documentation you must present on entry when traveling from the UK to Spain is determined by your reason for travel.
If you are traveling to Spain for tourism, you must show valid proof of one of the following:
Fully vaccinated – your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements
Negative Covid-19 test – either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure.
Recovery from Covid-19 in the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain
Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to:
- Complete an online Health Control Form before travel
- Show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain
- Take diagnostic tests prior to arrival
- Show proof of having recovered from prior Covid-19 infection in the last 6 months
Travelers from the UK who can either show proof of vaccination or full recovery, or of having recovered from prior Covid-19 infection in the last 6 months, or those under 12, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form
Everyone else must complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form no more than 48 hours before arrival.
Earlier this month, Spanish officials announced those who are unvaccinated can now enter the country.
Prior to this, the unvaccinated were not permitted to enter Spain since March 2020 – the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, the UK government states you can enter Spain presenting one of the following:
- Documentation certifying that you have taken a PCR and tested negative within 72 hours of entering Spain – or 24 hours if using an antigen test
- Proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain
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