Spain entry rules for UK tourists travelling for holidays

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Spain recently eased its indoor face mask rules after almost two years of restrictions

Sun-seeking Britons can look forward to holidaying in Spain again this summer after the country eased some restrictions.

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Some Covid entry rules still apply, but Spain’s health minister confirmed last week that face masks are no longer mandatory indoors.

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The rule change, which came into effect on April 20, is the first time since 2020 that face coverings will no longer be mandatory indoors and follows the earlier relaxation of rules for outdoor areas earlier this year.

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Face masks are no longer mandatory indoors in Spain (Photo: Getty Images)

Face masks are still mandatory for visitors and staff at medical centers and nursing homes, but patients will not always be required to wear them.

Masks are still compulsory on all public transport, but not in train stations or airports, and schools are also exempt from the mask requirement.

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The easing of face mask rules comes after Spanish authorities recently rolled back plans to allow unvaccinated British tourists to enter the country for holidays.

The Spanish Tourist Board said last month that Spain would reopen to unvaccinated travelers from the UK with immediate effect, provided they could show proof of a negative Covid test. However, the agency quickly reversed the decision hours later, apologizing that the announcement was a misreading of a government bulletin.

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The Tourist Office confirmed that unvaccinated arrivals are still not able to visit Spain, meaning a negative Covid test taken before travel will not be accepted (except for unvaccinated 12-17 year olds accompanying vaccinated parents).

What are the entry requirements for 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 six months recovered from Covid.

This 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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Spain accepts that 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

If you are traveling from mainland Spain to the Canary or Balearic Islands you may need to show a negative Covid test depending on the region you are traveling from.

You should check with your tour operator and local authorities at your final destination for information on domestic entry requirements.

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Do I need to fill out a passenger tracking form?

United Kingdom traveler who can either show they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last 6 months, or who are under 12 years old do not need to complete the Spanish Travel Health Check Form.

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All others must fill in the form at least 48 hours before traveling to Spain. You can see the entry requirements on the Federal Foreign Office website before you travel to make sure you know what to expect.

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