Spain clarifies: UK visitors will NOT need to show PCR test but will require health form

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Spain clarifies: UK visitors will NOT need to show PCR test but will require health form
Spain's PM said on Friday Britons will be welcomed "without restrictions and health requirements”. Photo: Manu Fernandez/AFP

Following Friday’s announcement that UK travellers will be able to visit Spain from May 24th without having to present a negative PCR test, Spanish authorities have sought to clarify doubts over whether this applied to all UK travellers or just those who have been vaccinated. 


News that Spain will finally allow Britons to travel to the country for non-essential reasons and without a PCR has been met with both joy and confusion. 

Many Brits have taken to forums and social media groups to ask if it was actually possible for them to travel to Spain without proof that they aren’t Covid-19 carriers or at least immune, especially in light of the increased prevalence of the Indian strain in the UK. 

Both Spain’s official state bulletin and the country’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez have said that in three days Britons will be welcomed without restrictions and health requirements”. Spanish authorities have attributed the lifting of previous restrictions to the UK's advanced vaccination campaign and the importance of British visitors for the country's tourism industry.


There's also the fact that Spain is set to allow all other citizens from non-EU nations to visit Spain from June 7th, as long as they've been vaccinated, whereas this requirement hasn't been included for British visitors by Spanish authorities.


A screenshot taken from Spain's foreign office on Friday showing third countries whose citizens can visit Spain for non-essential reasons. 

Spain’s Foreign Office has since published the following statement confirming that PCR tests will not be required but they will need to fill in a health form.

“From 00:00 of May 24th, travelers from the United Kingdom will be allowed to freely enter Spain for non-essential purposes, such as tourism, and stay in Spain without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days within 6 months. 


“From May 24th, travellers from the United Kingdom will NOT need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate (PCR), as long as they have remained in the UK in the last 14 days.

You can read the original statement by Spain's "exteriores" office here

“Should you have visited other countries during this period, a PCR might still be required when you arrive in Spain. Please, check rules concerning third countries at the following link.

“It is mandatory for all residents in the United Kingdom travelling to Spain (including children of all ages) to fill in a Health Control Form (FCS). You can download the form from the following link.

“Please, be aware that the visa framework established as a consequence of Brexit, remains in force and therefore British citizens will still need a visa for purposes other than tourism, such as carrying out professional activities in Spain.”



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Anonymous 2021/05/22 16:32
This is fine for UK nationals coming to Spain - BUT will they be able to get back into UK after leaving Spain? Whilst Spain is on the "amber list" THREE tests are needed. One in Spain and two during a ten-day quarantine in UK. The latter could be a financial obstacle as most test pairs cost over £150 per person (significant overhead on travel!). However the greater confront is arranging for the pre-departure test in Spain. I came back a few days ago and it took me quite a while to get the test arranged (as well as a €90 cost).How many regular tourists will want to spend their time in Spain researching PCR-test providers? This will apply especially if they have to engage in what, to them, is a foreign language. Are we likely to read stories of tourists being denied readmittance to UK or facing large fines? The situation is only slightly better for "green list" countries as they will still need to get a pre-departure test (Portuguese language certificate not valid!) and pay for a "day-two" test (at own expenses) after return. Are there any people who have been misled by announcements of "freedom" to travel from 17th May and the implication that green list is OK?

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