19th May 2022
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New requirements for UK arrivals to Spain from Friday 2 July – full details

Latest: Coronavirus in Spain figures (16 July)

Further to an announcement first made on radio by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, from Friday 2 July (and initially until midnight on 31 July), the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (including returning residents but excluding children under the age of 12 years old), to present on entry one of the following:

  • Documentation issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain, certifying that you have undertaken a Covid-19 test (PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR), and tested negative. Antigen tests are accepted*.
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. The date(s) of vaccination must be specified, and with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organization.

*Although only PCR tests were initially mentioned by Spanish government officials, the details published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on Tuesday specify that ‘diagnostic certificates recognised by the Health Ministry will also be considered valid’. The Spanish government’s travel health page also states: ‘rapid antigen detection tests (RAT), which detect the presence of virus antigens. The accepted tests are those approved by the European Commission, which can be found in the following link.’

Documents can be in either English, Spanish, French or German and in paper or electronic format. All documents must specify the name and surname of the passenger. For further specific details regarding the documentation you must present to accredit your Covid-19 test results or proof of vaccination, click here if arriving via airports, and click here if arriving via a port.

If you live in England, Spain will accept the NHS Covid Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Spain will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your Covid-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. For more details see the Spain travel Health page.

Further rules may apply if you have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk’ countries in the 14 days prior to travel to Spain. See Testing requirements if travelling from a ‘risk country’.

If you are travelling on holiday to the Balearics Islands, currently on the UK’s Green list for travel, the British Embassy in Spain also recommend visiting this website provided by the Balearic authorities: http://safetourism.illesbalears.travel/en. It includes information on the Covid measures in place and health advice. 

An image at Barcelona airport during the height of the pandemic
An image at Barcelona airport during the height of the pandemic. (Ed Bayer)

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