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REMINDER: Can unvaccinated Brits travel to Spain?

Despite the current Spanish entry rules, there still seems to be some confusion amongst British people over whether unjabbed UK tourists can visit Spain or not.

British tourists in Spain
Britons living in the UK) who haven’t been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the illness in the past six months can still not go on holiday to Spain over Easter or in April. Photo: USA-Reiseblogger / Pixabay

With the Easter holidays just days away, there has been some confusion recently in the United Kingdom after on April 6th the Twitter account  of the Spanish Tourist Board in the UK (@Spain_inUK) mistakenly tweeted that unvaccinated Britons were now allowed to visit Spain if they presented a negative Covid-19 test. 

This caused several people, including travel journalists, to start tweeting this as fact and several British media outlets even wrote news stories detailing the new rules, without having checked official Spanish government sources such as the BOE state bulletin. 

The Spanish Tourist Board in the UK has since retracted the mistaken comment, taken down the tweet and apologised.

So what are the official rules for unvaccinated Britons who want to come to Spain in April?

On March 29th 2022, the Spanish government extended again temporary restrictions for non-essential travel from most third countries, including the UK, for another month, until April 30th 2022.

READ ALSO – TRAVEL: Unvaccinated non-EU tourists still can’t visit Spain in April

To confirm, this means that non-EU/Schengen adults who reside outside of the EU (including Britons living in the UK) who haven’t been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the illness in the past six months can still not go on holiday to Spain over Easter or in April

If you’re unvaccinated and haven’t had Covid-19 within the past six months, you cannot simply show a negative Covid-19 test to enter Spain. 

Spain was willing to make an exception for Brits as third-country nationals for a few months in 2021 but not anymore and not currently. 

This is an indirect consequence of Brexit, as Britons’ new non-EU status means the same rules apply to them as to Americans, Canadians, Indians or other third country nationals, who can’t travel to Spain for non-essential reasons such as tourism if unvaccinated.

READ ALSO: Easter holidays – What to expect if you’re coming to Spain

Vaccinated

Britons who are fully vaccinated can enter Spain without the need to show a negative Covid-19 test or quarantine, regardless of their reason for travel. Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements.

At least 14 days must have passed since being fully vaccinated before arrival in Spain. If you completed your vaccination schedule was more than 270 days (nine months) ago, you must also be able to show proof of having received a booster jab. If not, then you will not be able to enter, unless you have a recovery certificate. 

Children 

Those under 12 don’t require any proof of vaccination or a negative test. 

Unvaccinated non-resident teens aged 12 to 17 (who haven’t turned 18 yet) travelling from the UK are able to visit Spain if they present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours before arrival in Spain or an antigen test, taken within 24 hours.

For specific updated details on who can enter and entry requirements for Spain click here

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COVID-19 RULES

Spain eases Covid entry for unvaccinated tourists

Spain on Saturday eased Covid entry rules for unvaccinated tourists from outside the European Union, in a boost for the key tourism sector ahead of the peak summer holidays.

Spain eases Covid entry for unvaccinated tourists

Until now travellers from outside the bloc — including Spain’s main tourism market Britain — could only enter with proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19.

But as of Saturday visitors from outside of the EU will also be allowed to enter Spain with a negative Covid test result, the transport ministry said in a statement.

PCR tests must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to departure to Spain or an antigen test 24 hours prior to departure.

Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said the “new phase of the pandemic” meant the country was able to relax the rules by equating non-EU travellers with those of the bloc.

“This is excellent news, much awaited by the tourism sector, which will make it easier for tourists outside of Europe to visit us during the high season,” she added in the statement.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from submitting any type of certificate.

With sunny beaches and a rich architectural heritage, Spain was the world’s second most visited country before the pandemic, with 83.5 million foreign visitors in 2019.

But international travel restrictions related to the pandemic brought Spain’s tourism sector to its knees in 2020 as it welcomed just 19 million tourists.

The figure rose to 31.1 million in 2021, far below the government forecast of 45 million arrivals.

READ ALSO: Spain lifts Covid-19 checks at French border

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