United Kingdom to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands)
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Vaccination or previous infection
How to show proof of vaccination?
  • Spain will accept the UK’s proof of vaccination record (i.e. the NHS app or a hardcopy of it). Your vaccination must be considered 'in date' according to EU standards. See the 'Vaccination validity' section below for details.
How to show proof of recovery?
  • You are able to enter Spain if you are unvaccinated and can provide a Covid-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days after the first positive PCR or RAT (Rapid Antigen Test), and up to a maximum of 180 days after the date of sampling.
  • Proof of recovery can be shown with a certificate from a private provider, however, the Spanish government specifies that if a Rapid Antigen Test is used as proof of previous infection then: "it must have been performed by healthcare professionals. Passengers with a Recovery Certificate other than an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent must also provide documentary proof of the diagnostic test from which the Recovery Certificate is derived."
Testing requirements
Fully vaccinated
If you're fully vaccinated, no tests are required for travel to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands). Check how you can show proof of vaccination in the Vaccination or Previous infection section.
Previously infected
If you have previously recovered from Covid-19, no tests are required for travel to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands). Check how you can show proof of recovery in the Vaccination or Previous infection section.
Not Fully vaccinated
Before departure from the UK to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands) you must take either a PCR or an Antigen test.
Fit to Fly PCR Test
  • Take no more than 72 hours before departure to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands).
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Fit to Fly Antigen Test
  • Take no more than 24 hours before departure to Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands).
Pre-Arrival Requirements
Applies to everyone
  • Travellers from the UK who can either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or of having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months, or who are aged under 12 years old, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form. Everyone else must complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain.
  • Entry and Testing rules for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands may differ or change at short notice. You can see rules for the Canary Islands here, and for the Balearic Islands here.
  • Please note that, for the purposes of entry regulations, the UK is considered by Spain to be a 'Third Country' (i.e. a country not part of the European Union or the Schengen Area), therefore non-EU entry requirements apply.
Post-Arrival Requirements
Fully vaccinated
You may be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival. Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain.
Not Fully vaccinated
You may be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival. Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain.
Rules for Children
  • Children aged 11 and under do not need to complete an online Health Control Form before travel, show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain, take diagnostic tests prior to arrival, or show proof of having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months.
  • For travellers aged 12 to 17, the requirements for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers apply, however, the definition of 'Fully Vaccinated' is slightly different for travellers under 18: if you are aged 12 to 17 and have not received the booster, but have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine approved for use by Spain, then at least 14 days must have passed since your last dose, to qualify as fully vaccinated. You continue to qualify as fully vaccinated more than 270 days after your last dose and do not need to show proof of having received a booster to travel.
Vaccination validity
  • Spain will accept the UK’s proof of vaccination record (i.e. the NHS app or a hardcopy of it). At least 14 days must have passed since your final dose of the primary vaccination series.
  • If you have received the booster jab you are considered to be fully vaccinated - your certificate will be considered immediately valid from the day the booster dose was administered. If you have not received a booster jab, it's important to check whether your vaccination is still valid, as the EU has imposed a 270-day vaccination expiry period.
  • If your vaccination is not 'in date' and you have not received a booster jab, Spain views that you are not fully vaccinated: you must follow the rules for Not Fully Vaccinated travellers, above.
  • For information about vaccination expiry for travellers under 18, please see the 'Rules for Children' section, above.
Further information
  • To travel to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative COVID test depending on the region you are travelling from. Check with your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.
  • If you are travelling through another country or territory (including transit stops or layovers) before you arrive in Spain (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands), please also check the Entry requirements for travel from that country.
See where we get our information
  • https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements
  • https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
  • https://www.mincotur.gob.es/es-es/GabinetePrensa/NotasPrensa/2022/Paginas/Nuevos-requisitos-entrada-turistas-extracomunitarios.aspx
  • https://www.sanidad.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/sanidadExterior/ControlHS.htm
Information is sourced from gov.uk at the time of listing and only includes testing requirements. Always check full requirements on the UK Government website and via your travel operator including any additional conditions for entry (required documentation, quarantine etc.). Be aware: some destinations aren't currently accepting travellers from the UK!
 

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