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.
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.”