Other European countries are still fairly strict on immigration rules, as travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people to the United Kingdom have been relaxed.
Travelers coming to the UK who have been vaccinated with both Covid vaccines do not have to complete the pre-departure lateral flow test and take the PCR test eight days after arrival for about £ 65 or self-quarantine at home. is not necesary to.
But those heading to Spain for the fall sunshine still have to obey immigration rules, and here’s what you need to know.
Can I fly to mainland Spain without taking the test?
It depends on the vaccination situation. The Government of Spain requires that anyone arriving in Spain from the United Kingdom (except children under the age of 12) present one of the following upon entry:
- Document certifying that the PCR test was negative within 72 hours before arrival
- Proof of being fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization at least 14 days before arrival in Spain (the date of vaccination must be specified).
Spain accepts UK COVID-19 vaccination records. NHS booking cards from the Vaccination Center are not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to indicate the status of the vaccine.
Recovery certificates (medical documents certifying recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to travel) are not currently accepted for arrivals from the UK.
Visitors traveling to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands are advised to check with their travel provider as there may be additional immigration requirements.
What are the Spanish Covid rules?
Face masks should be worn inside public spaces and outdoors where a social distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.
In different parts of Spain, there are different rules regarding nightclubs and limits on the maximum number of recreational facilities.
The Balearic Islands have announced that they will reopen their nightclubs on October 8th, but they may need a Covid vaccination passport to enter the country.
What are the new rules for traveling to the UK?
From October 4th, fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will be required to undergo pre-departure testing instead of the minimum of 2 tests currently required (3 days before departure and up to 2 days after arrival in the UK). lose.
All travelers except children under the age of 5 are required to pay for the PCR test within 2 days of arrival.
These rules apply to people from non-Red List destinations vaccinated in the United Kingdom, the EU, the United States, or 18 other countries.
Starting in late October, PCR testing will be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow, but the date has not yet been confirmed.
Travelers arriving in the United Kingdom from Red List countries will continue to require pre-departure testing.