As summer approaches, many of us will be packing our bags and flying off to sunnier pastures.
Covid entry requirements have been scrapped in the UK and eased in many parts of Europe, but Spain and its islands are still refusing entry to some hopeful holidaymakers.
There was some confusion after Spanish authorities suggested they would allow unvaccinated travelers to enter, but quickly reversed the decision.
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Before booking flights, travelers are advised to ensure that their passport is valid and to be aware of each region’s entry requirements and covid rules.
Holidaymakers are also advised that delays could occur at Spanish airports, as those entering and exiting Europe into the UK currently need to have their passports stamped.
Gov.uk warns: “Check that your passport is stamped if you are entering or leaving the Schengen area via Spain as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to verify that you comply with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area If the relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will assume that you have exceeded your visa exemption limit.”
Here are the entry requirements for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
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In the latest update of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, those who can digitally prove that they are fully vaccinated no longer need to complete a health check form.
For anyone aged 18 and over to enter Spain, you need one of the following:
- Proof of being fully vaccinated with a QR code. This means being double pricked and if it has been 270 days since the second, then a booster is needed at least 14 days.
- Medical proof of being fully recovered of Covid-19 in the past six months.
People aged 12-17 can enter with proof of full vaccination (two doses and booster if applicable) or a negative PCR test (not NHS) taken within 72 hours, antigen tests will not be accepted, or proof of covid recovery within the last six months.
If teenagers have not been fully vaccinated, they will need to complete a health check form.
Children under 12 do not need:
- Complete an online health check form before travel
- Show proof of full vaccination when entering Spain
- Take diagnostic tests before you arrive
- Show proof of having recovered from a previous covid infection within the past six months
- Meet the requirements described in the Spanish Ministry of Health “Travel and COVID-19” pageeven if they have visited a “risky country” in the past 14 days
If you are not vaccinated and cannot provide proof of recovery, you will not be allowed to enter Spain unless your reason falls under the ‘ essential ‘ guidelines.
the Canary Islands
As in Spain, unvaccinated people are not allowed entry unless they can prove they have been recovered.
- Those traveling to the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) may be required to present a negative Covid-19 test upon entry. PCR and antigen tests are accepted.
- All travelers must complete a control since regardless of their vaccination status or their certificate of recovery.
- Proof of vaccination certificate and being fully vaccinated – children under 12 are exempt.
- Guests aged 12 or over and under 18 may submit a negative PCR test, taken 72 hours prior to arrival, if not properly vaccinated.
The Foreign Office’s travel advice notes: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain you may be required to present a negative covid test depending on the region you are traveling from. Check with your tour operator and local authorities in your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.
You can see more information at hellocanaryislands.com
To enter the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) from the UK, travelers should follow these steps.
All travelers must complete a Health check form.
Provide one of the following:
- Vaccination certificate proving that you are fully vaccinated.
- Negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to arrival or lateral flow test 24 hours prior.
- Medical proof of cure corresponding to a test within a period not exceeding 180 days after the date of the first positive result of a diagnostic test for active infection (NAAT) and at the earliest 11 days day following the date of this result positive.
You can see more information on the Balearic Islands travel advice.