Coronavirus – Update to entry requirements from the UK


From today, Saturday July 2, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.

Further requirements and entry restrictions may also apply if:

You have travelled to a ‘risk country’ within 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.
You are travelling from mainland Spain to the Balearic or Canary Islands, or you are staying in tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands.
You are travelling overland (by road or rail) from France.
All passengers entering Spain are still required to complete a pre-travel declaration form.

Some travel restrictions and testing requirements are in place for international transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK.

Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

Quarantine and testing on return to the UK continues to apply.

The update means that all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) must present one of the following:

Documentation issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain, certifying that you have undertaken a COVID-19 test, e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR, and tested negative. Antigen tests are not currently accepted for the majority of travellers.
Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation
Documents can be in either English, Spanish, French or German and in paper or electronic format. All documents must specify the name and surname of the passenger.

If you live in England, Spain will accept the NHS COVID Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Spain will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Entry requirements and the type of diagnostic tests you can present may vary if your reason for travel to Spain falls into one of the categories listed on the ‘Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries’ – section ‘a’ to ‘i’ – on the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page. This includes habitual residents of Spain. If one of the exemptions listed applies to you, on entry to Spain one of the following can be presented: a certificate of vaccination; a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test (NAAT tests such as PCR, LAMP, TMA etc. or an antigen test) or a certificate of recovery.

All passengers travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel. See Arrival by air or sea for details.

Further rules may apply if you have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk’ countries in the 14 days prior to travel to Spain

For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements#vaccination

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