Spain entry advice changes with new Covid test requirements

Entry regulations for British visitors to Spain, who have not been given both does of the Covid jab, have changed again.

The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for the country stating visitors who have not been fully-vaccinated must take a test within 72 hours of arrival.

Previously a negative test had to be produced within 48 hours of arriving in Spain, including its islands, but this has been modified to make sure results did not expire before the end of a holiday.

Spanish government authorities had stated: “The diagnostic certificate must illustrate a negative PCR (NAAT type), test result taken within 48 hours of arrival into Spain.”

However, UK Foreign Office guidelines state: “The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) to present on entry one of the following:

  • documentation certifying that the passenger has taken a Covid-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT – e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain and tested negative. (This does not include lateral flow or rapid antigen tests)
  • proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.”

The change was introduced soon after UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, moved Spain’s Balearic islands from the green list to amber status – meaning arrivals to the UK who have not been fully-vaccinated will need to self-isolate.

From Monday, fully-vaccinated travellers returning to England, Scotland and Wales from amber list countries will no longer need to self-isolate or take an additional test on day eight, so this will minimise the disruption for vaccinated holidaymakers.

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