Spain holiday rules: The important rules you MUST follow to go to Spain

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Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, is on the amber list. But what does that mean? And, what are the rules set by the Spanish government on UK tourists? reveals everything you need to know about going on holiday in Spain right now.

Rules on entry

If you’re someone over 12 years old travelling to Spain from the UK with a full British Citizen passport, you’ll need to present either:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel

You can use your NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status if you are travelling from England or Wales, but not the NHS appointment card from vaccination centres.

NHS letters will suffice if you’re travelling from Scotland, and people from Northern Ireland can use their specific Covid certificate.

On top of the negative test or proof of vaccination, you must complete a health control form within 48 hours of travelling to Spain by air or sea.

If you’re crossing the French border into Spain, a negative Covid test, proof of vaccination or proof of Covid-recovery may be required.
If you’re travelling to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative test again.

You can find out more information about what’s required to travel to the islands here.

Certificates of recovery, which are a medical document to prove you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, are not accepted in Spain for arrivals from the UK at the moment.

Rules in Spain

While in Spain, you’ll need to follow the rules set for the particular region you are in.

Rules regarding overnight curfews, limits on how many people can enter a home or public space, and beach rules vary from place to place across Spain.

However, everywhere in Spain, you must wear a face-covering in enclosed public places and crowded outdoor spaces while also remaining socially distanced.

There aren’t massively restrictive rules in place, and most businesses where distancing is possible such as shops, bars and restaurants, are open.

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Rules on return to the UK

Since Spain is on the UK’s amber list, everyone entering the UK from Spain can do so without quarantining.

This is true as long as they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS, or have had a full EMA or FDA-recognised vaccination.

You’ll need to have your NHS Covid Pass, letter or certificate (depending on whether you’re from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland), and those under age 11 have to take a private test within three days of returning.

You will, however, have to take a private PCR Covid test at least three days before arriving back in the UK.

Anyone above the age of 11 (12 if you’re from Scotland) coming home from Spain will need to take a test on day two of return, and so will children aged between five and 10.

If you aren’t fully vaccinated and are above 18 years old, you will have to quarantine at home for 10 days and take another PCR test eight days after your return.

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