3 Essential COVID-Related Tips For Your Next Spanish Travel
Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Travelling to Spain soon? We’ve listed below 3 essential tips to avoid covid-related disruptions and ensure safe travel when visiting the country :
Plan your Spanish trip and double-check your route before travelling
Whether you prefer planning early or making last-minute decisions, we can all agree that Covid-19 has changed the way and when we travel abroad. While planning for any trip abroad is a wise decision, it is even more crucial, at present, to avoid any unexpected surprises, since most countries have different countermeasures to address covid-related infections and disruptions.
Spain, for example, has been one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries by COVID-19 and entered a state of emergency once again, from 25 October 2020 until it was relaxed on 9 May 2021. After months of Covid-led disruption and lockdown, the country has finally opened its borders to UK travellers for non-essential travel. Also, Covid-travel rules have been relaxed, to an extent, which comes as great news to Spanish tourism businesses and 58 million tourists who visit Spain every year.
So if you are travelling to Spain soon, it is essential that you plan your travel route and check the local rules in advance as there are still some Covid restrictions in place depending on the region. These include mandatory mask-wearing in indoor spaces and public transport, limited capacity in bars and restaurants and reduced opening hours, as well as localised curfews. If you want to find out more information about local restrictions in place, it can be found on the official Spanish tourism website.
Meet Spain Entry Requirements, from COVID-19 vaccinations, PCR tests to health control protocol
At present, conditions of entry are different from usual when visiting Spain :
British travellers or holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will need to prove their vaccination status for travel to the Spanish authorities - the NHS app can be used as a vaccine passport. Also, you don’t need to quarantine when you get back to the UK.
UK travellers who haven’t had their vaccinations yet will need to provide documentation certifying a negative result for COVID-19, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Also, you will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days when you get back home.
Currently, there are no quarantine rules in place for all UK travellers entering Spain. However, you will be required to create and fill out a compulsory Health Control Form (FCS) online, which will be available 2 days before your arrival in Spain. Once the form is signed and completed, a QR code will be generated associated with your trip. Bring the QR code of your trip, on your phone or paper, as you may have to show this before boarding your flight and to pass the health check control in Spain.
Purchase a travel insurance policy to Spain
While Spain may be a familiar destination or a trip not so far away from home, getting travel insurance that covers epidemic and pandemic situations is highly recommended, since there are more risks and uncertainties than usual. From the COVID-19 situation changing unexpectedly, lost possessions, to trips getting cancelled with short notice; all the things that are beyond your control.
Therefore, including Spanish travel insurance in your trip budget can not only protect your journey and personal belongings, but it can also provide you with up-to-date travel advice and reassurance so that you can travel with confidence. Click here if you would like to find out more information on travel insurance to Spain with Covid cover.