Covid travel rules for Spain, Canary Islands and Balearics

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Covid entry restrictions remain in place for UK tourists traveling to Spain on holiday

Spain’s tourist board has caused confusion over restrictions in recent weeks after announcing unvaccinated British tourists could enter with a negative Covid test, only to later reverse the decision house.

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The agency apologized and said the changes were a misreading of a government bulletin.

Covid entry restrictions remain in place for UK tourists traveling to Spain (Photo: Getty Images)

If you’re planning a trip to Spain, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands this year, these are the current rules and entry requirements you need to know.

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What are the entry requirements for Spain?

UK travelers who can either show they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last six months, or who are under the age of 12 are not required to complete the Spanish Travel Health Check Form. All others must fill in the form at least 48 hours before traveling to Spain.

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Under the current measures taken by the Spanish government, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show that you meet the vaccination requirements or if you have a medical certificate confirming that you are in the last recovered from Covid six months prior to travel.

That means the unvaccinated cannot enter on holiday unless they can show proof of recovery.

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At least 14 days must have elapsed since full vaccination prior to arrival in Spain and the last dose must have been administered within 270 days of travel.

If it is more than 270 days since your last dose of primary vaccination, you must have received a booster dose. It is not required that 14 days have elapsed between receiving your booster vaccination and entering Spain, this can be administered at any time.

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You can use those of the UK NHS Covid Passport or a certificate of recovery issued by a relevant health authority or medical service to certify your Covid status.

Children aged 12 to 17 inclusive traveling for tourism can enter Spain on presentation of a negative PCR test or a Covid recovery certificate. Persons under the age of 12 do not have to:

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  • present full proof of vaccinations when entering Spain
  • Conduct diagnostic tests prior to arrival
  • show proof of recovery from Covid within the last six months

What are the entry requirements for the Canary Islands?

Entry requirements for the Canary Islands are similar to Spain, as travelers must be fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery to visit.

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Unvaccinated 12-17 year olds can visit provided they have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Travelers may also be required to provide proof of a negative Covid test for the accommodation. You can ask your tour operator or travel agent about this.

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All travelers are required to complete a pre-travel form online prior to visiting the Canary Islands.

If you’re traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office says: ‘To travel from mainland Spain to the Canary or Balearic Islands you may need to show a negative Covid test, depending on the region you’re traveling from.

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“Check with your tour operator and local authorities at your final destination for instructions on domestic entry requirements.”

What are the entry requirements for the Balearic Islands?

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Travelers must be fully vaccinated against Covid to enter the Balearic Islands on holiday.

Proof or recent recovery from Covid or a negative test will not be accepted for travelers arriving from the UK, according to the Website of the Tourist Office of the Balearic Islands.

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Anyone entering the Balearic Islands, regardless of vaccination status, must complete an online pre-travel health check.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.

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