BRITS heading to Spain have been given a welcome boost after the UK government updated the guidelines for holidaymakers
UK travellers heading to Spain no longer need to be vaccinated – and can just show a negative test instead.
On May 21, the Spanish tourist board said: “From 21 May, a negative PCR or antigen test will also be valid for entry to Spain for those coming from outside the EU (including the UK).”
The Foreign Office website has since been updated to include advice confirming that a negative test is allowed to enter the country.
It states: “If you are traveling to Spain for tourism you must show valid proof of one of the following:
- being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified). See ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’.
- a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure.
- having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. You can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your COVID-19 status on entry to Spain. See ‘If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year’.
“Travellers from the UK who can either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or of having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months, or who are aged under 12 years old, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form.
“Everyone else must complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain.
The Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto said it was “excellent news”.
They added: “Spain is emerging as one of the most desired destinations in the world, as shown by the demand indicators that month after month are approaching pre-pandemic levels.”
Brits who are fully vaccinated can still enter the country without tests if they can show proof of vaccinations.
Children were also exempted from the vaccination ban, which included teenagers aged between 12 and 17.
There are some rules still in place, including the requirement to wear face masks on public transport.
Brits have been flocking back to the sunshine holiday destination this year in numbers which has given hoteliers hope of a swift return to the pre-pandemic situation.
Brits also need to have at least three months left on their passport to enter Spain.