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Spain entry requirements: Covid travel restrictions for UK visitors - can you go to Spain unvaccinated?

Spain recently eased its rules on face masks in indoor spaces after almost two years of restrictions

UK travellers who have not been vaccinated against Covid will be able to enter Spain as the country eases its restrictions.

The Spanish government has confirmed that unvaccinated travellers from outside the EU can enter Spain with proof of a negative coronavirus test.

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Under previous rules, travellers could only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if they could show proof of meeting the vaccination requirements, or have a medical certificate certifying recovery from Covid in the last six months.

Madrid’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said the rule change will be made official within days.

She told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “It will be a matter of days before we are going to eliminate a restriction that could be discouraging tourists from outside the European Union from visiting us, and that is that we are going to stop requiring the vaccination certificate to allow them to enter with a negative test.

“Always with caution, the world sees us as a safe destination, more than 92 per cent of the Spanish population is vaccinated.”

Face masks are no longermandatory indoors in Spain (Photo: Getty Images)

Some Covid entry rules are still in place in Spain, but the Spanish Minister of Health recently confirmed that face masks are no longer mandatory in indoor spaces.

The rule change, which took effect on 20 April, marks the first time since 2020 that face coverings have stopped being obligatory indoors, and follows the previous easing of rules for outdoor spaces earlier this year.

Face masks are still mandatory for visitors and staff in medical centres and nursing homes, but patients will not always be obliged to wear them. Masks continue to be required on all forms of public transport, but not in stations or in airports, and schools are also exempt from having to use them.

What are the current entry requirements for Spain?

If you are traveling to Spain from the UK as a tourist, current rules state that you must show valid proof of:

  • 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, or
  • having recovered from Covid in the last six months

At least 14 days must have passed since being fully vaccinated before arrival in Spain and the final dose must have been administered within 270 days prior to travel. If it has been more than 270 days since your final dose of the primary vaccination course you will need to have received a booster jab.

There is no requirement for 14 days to have passed between receiving your booster jab and entering Spain, this can be administered at any time.

Spain will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Pass or a recovery certificate issued by a relevant health authority or medical service to certify your Covid status.

Children aged 12 to 17 inclusive travelling for tourism can enter Spain by showing proof of a negative PCR test or a Covid recovery certificate. Those under the age of 12 years old do not need to:

  • show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain
  • take diagnostic tests prior to arrival
  • show proof of recovery from Covid in the last six months

If you are travelling to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative Covid test depending on the region you are travelling from.

You should check with your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.

What rules are changing?

The entry rules for Spain will soon allow unvaccinated travellers from the UK to enter the country for tourism.

Travellers will be required to show proof of a negative Covid test to gain entry when the change becomes official. Full details of the type of test and when it must be taken are yet to be confirmed.

Do I have to fill out a passenger locator form?

UK travellers who can either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or recovery from Covid in the last six months, or who are aged under 12 years old, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form.

Everyone else must complete the form no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain.You can check the entry requirements on the Foreign Office website before travelling to make sure you know what is expected.