Travel Rules for Spain

Last updated: Wednesday 25th May at 2PM

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Spain Travel Rules

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At present, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are following the same rules as mainland Spain.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated UK travellers

Vaccinated travellers and children aged 11 and under do not need to fill in a form or take a Covid-19 test.

Unvaccinated travellers and unvaccinated children over 12 do need to fill in a form and have a test, unless they have proof recovery from Covid-19 in the last six months.

Spain travel rules for vaccinated travellers from UK

Before you travel to Spain

• Show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. Spain accepts the NHS Covid App.

To be recognised as fully vaccinated, you must have have had a full course of a recognised vaccine (e.g. 2 doses of a 2 dose vaccine) at least 14 days before you arrive. If your final dose was more than 270 days ago, you must also have had a booster – there is no requirement for 14 days to have passed between receiving your booster jab and entering Spain. There is currently no expiry date for booster jabs.

For vaccinated 12-17 year olds, the Independent are reporting that their original course of the vaccine, i.e. 2 doses of a 2 dose vaccine, does not have an expiry date.

You will also be considered fully vaccinated if you have a recovery certificate showing that you’ve had Covid-19 in the last 6 months.

On arrival in Spain

• You may also be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival. Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a PCR, TMA or LAMP test at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain. More information can be found on the Spanish government’s Border Health Controls webpage.

Whilst in Spain

• Please check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in Spain here.

Children 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 having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months
  • meet the requirements outlined in the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page, even if they have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days
  • Complete a Travel Health form

Travellers from the UK aged 12 to 17 – who are not vaccinated – must follow the same rules as unvaccinated travellers.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you can enter Spain presenting one of the following documents:

  • 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.
  • Complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form

OR

  • Proof of 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’.
  • You do not need to fill in Spain’s Travel Health Control form

Read up on the full details for Spain on the FCDO website and click for extra details for the Balearic and Canary Islands.

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Travelling back to the UK

At present, all of the nations have aligned on these travel rules but please keep across the information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Spain is on the “Rest of World” list

All travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form. This includes children and unvaccinated travellers.

Before you travel to England 

• You no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

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