Heathrow airport: Spain has new travel rules before Britons fly out on family vacation

Unlike most other countries, Spain still has certain Covid travel requirements in place. With thousands of people vacationing in the country, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest travel information.

Countries including the UK have scrapped all Covid travel rules, meaning a trip back to the UK should be relatively hassle-free. However, traveling out of the country might require you to carry additional documents if you are traveling to places that include Spain.

Last June, Spain ended Covid-19 entry requirements for those entering the country from the EU or Schengen zones. This means those traveling into the country from the UK will still need to adhere to Covid travel rules.

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If you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to enter Spain if your vaccination status meets the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities. For example, if you received a booster shot, you are considered fully vaccinated and fit to enter the country.

You will also be considered fully vaccinated if you have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine approved by the Spanish authorities. However, this is only valid if you received the dose at least 14 days before your arrival and you received the last dose less than 270 days ago.

To prove you are vaccinated you will need to show the UK Covid-19 Proof of Vaccination form. Your NHS appointment card cannot be used to prove your vaccination status.

Can I travel to Spain if I am not vaccinated?

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can still travel to Spain provided you present one of the following documents.

  • Certificate of having carried out a negative rapid antigen test 24 hours before arrival or a PCR test 72 hours before arrival.
  • Documentation showing that you have had Covid within the past six months.

Children under 12 do not need to show proof of full vaccination. UK travelers who have been fully vaccinated or can show they have recovered from Covid infection within the last six months do not need to complete a travel form. Other passengers will have to do so.

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