International travel is on the up
After over two years of halted and disrupted travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global travel now does appear to be rising. There are still precautions to take but many countries have relaxed coronavirus restrictions to to welcome sun-seeking tourists. Read on to find out the July and August travel rules for Spain for travellers with a full British citizen passport..
As someone who had travel plans rescheduled multiple times throughout the pandemic, it’s been brilliant to be able to begin to refill my never ending sense of wanderlust. Since borders have reopened I’ve travelled to Krakow, Porto, the Scottish Highlands, Mallorca, Madrid, and Crete.
Though I must admit that I did appreciate the time during the U.K. lockdowns that I was able to explore England and spend more time with family.
If you are ready to begin exploring the world again, and Spain is on your list, then it’s important to be aware of current rules and restrictions.
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What are the travel rules for Spain?
Currently, anybody over the age of 12 years old travelling to Spain must show proof of the following:
- “being fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements.
- 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 use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your COVID-19 status on entry to Spain.” Source Foreign Travel Advice.
If you are fully vaccinated or can show proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, you do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form.
Though the rules are similar for other countries outside of the U.K., it’s best to check Spain’s Ministry of Health travel page before you travel.
Updates to current travel rules for Spain
The Spanish government have just issues new guidance for visitors who catch COVID-19 whilst in Spain.
If you unfortunately test positive for COVID-19 whilst travelling in Spain you do not need to self-isolate.
What happens if I test positive whilst in Spain?
Though you do not need to self-isolate if you test positive, you should inform those you have been in direct contact with. You should also take precautionary measures to limit the spread. Precautionary measures involve wearing a mask, avoiding crowded places, and avoiding contact with those who are deemed to be high-risk.
Rapid lateral flow tests are also available for free in Spanish pharmacies.
What other precautions should I take?
Similarly to any other trip, it’s best to take some precautions to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.
Taking out travel insurance, for example, is an upfront cost but it will avoid costly medical bills in emergencies.
Ensuring your passport is valid and in date is possibly the most obvious precaution you can take!
Do you have any travel precautions you take before each trip? Let me know in the comments!
Correct at time of writing: 19th July 2022.