Spain extends restrictions on travel from outside the EU until end of May

Spain extends restrictions on travel from outside the EU until end of May
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Spain has extended its restrictions on non-essential journeys from countries outside the EU and Schengen Area to May 31st.

The restrictions were due to expire on April 30th but on Friday Spain’s State Bulletin (BOE) published that the measures would be extended until the end of May.

That means travellers from countries outside of the Schengen Area – including those in the UK and the US – will not be able to make non-essential journeys to Spain by land, air or sea throughout the month of May.

However, travellers from some countries with low infection rates will be able to make the journey, including those from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China (subject to reciprocity) and the regions of Hong Kong and Macao, as there are Schengen-wide agreements allowing for this.

The list, which was first developed on June 30th 2020, has been updated several times. Japan was excluded from the list on January 28th.


Spain did lift its travel ban for UK arrivals on March 30th but this does not mean that Britons who aren’t residents in Spain are able to come yet; they would need to provide a force majeure reason or be the spouse of a Spanish national or resident. 

Spanish authorities have announced they will be ready to open up to international tourism in June and they are likely to want to welcome American and British tourists from then on given their importance to Spain’s tourism sector and their advanced vaccine campaigns. 

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However, travel to Spain is also subject to other countries’ regulations. 

On May 17th the UK government will announce which parts of Spain are included on the country’s “green” list, which will in theory allow British holidaymakers to not have to quarantine on their return to the UK.

READ MORE: What parts of Spain will likely be on the UK’s ‘green’ travel list?

It’s worth noting that the extensions of restrictions do not apply to Gibraltar, given the fact that they have vaccinated almost all their population against Covid-19. Restrictions on non-essential travel from Gibraltar to Spain were lifted on March 30th.

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