Spain eases Covid entry rules for unvaccinated UK travelers

UK holidaymakers who have not had a coronavirus vaccine can now travel to Spain by showing a negative PCR test or lateral flow antigen test on arrival.

Since December 1, the country has enforced a strict ban on unvaccinated travelers from non-EU countries, due to fears over the Omicron variant of Covid-19. It was one of the strictest entry rules in Europe.

But now the Spanish government has announced that passengers who have not been shot can enter the country with immediate effect.

Fully vaccinated passengers will still need to show proof of vaccination.

The government has announced that all UK travellers, except children under 12, must present a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery or proof of a negative diagnostic test, such as a PCR test .

Any PCR test must have been carried out within 72 hours before departure, and an antigen test must have been carried out within 24 hours before departure.

The change aligns the rules for non-EU travelers with those for EU passengers.

Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said the “new phase of the pandemic” meant Spain could relax its rules.

She said the country was becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in the world – despite a heatwave with temperatures of up to 42C.

Spain is one of the few countries in Europe that still requires proof of vaccination.

The UK has removed all of its remaining international Covid travel restrictions for entry on March 18.

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