Spain is the most popular holiday destination for Brits. A whopping 18.13 million of us travelled there in 2019, in search of guaranteed sunshine, delectable tapas, the architectural wonders of Gaudi’s Barcelona and the world-class art museums of Madrid. Not to mention the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, with their unbeatable beaches and world-famous party culture.
Is Spain on the green list?
Spain failed to make it onto the UK’s green initial list of countries – instead being placed on the amber list. The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, despite the fact that the country is open to tourism.
Will I have to quarantine?
The UK government has set up a traffic light system, which rates countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
As with all amber list destinations, arrivals to the UK from Spain have to self-isolate for 10 days at home – unless you have been fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas. If not, you must take a pre-departure Covid test in Spain and another PCR test on days two and eight. You have the option to ‘test to release’, ending self-isolation early on day five by purchasing an extra Covid test.
Arriving in Spain from the UK is simple. You don’t need a negative test result or proof of vaccination to enter the country, unless you have been to one of Spain’s risk countries in the past 14 days. The only thing you need to do, up to 48 hours before travelling to Spain, is complete and sign a Health Control Form.
How do I get there?
Flights to Spain have become much more frequent since the country opened its borders to tourists, despite the fact that it’s still on the UK government’s amber list. You can fly to Spain with British Airways, easyJet, Iberia, Jet2, Norwegian Air, Ryanair, TUI and more.