Gatwick Airport, Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and Gibraltar: Latest Travel Rules in Response to Omicron Variant


Holidaymakers traveling to Spain will now face stricter entry rules due to the Omicron variant.

Spain changed its travel rules for the British from December 1, which means anyone arriving in the country, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands will now need to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

This means having received both doses of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel – and you will need a vaccination certificate as proof. (Children under 12 are exempt when traveling with an adult), mirror reports.

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Passengers will also need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to present to border control.

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The news has come as a big blow to families who have booked vacations, especially children between the ages of 12 and 17 who may not be vaccinated and therefore will not be able to visit under the new rules.

Previously this had not been a problem as unvaccinated Britons were able to visit provided they had a negative Covid test result.

Spain is also a popular destination for a winter holiday in the sun, especially the the Canary Islands which benefit from sunshine all year round and mild weather.

Previously unvaccinated Britons had been able to visit provided they had a negative Covid test result.

However, travelers who wish to fly to Gibraltar will still be able to enter the country even if they are not fully vaccinated.

If you have been fully vaccinated and have not visited a UK Red List country or territory ten days prior to arrival in Gibraltar, you must upload your vaccination certificate to the Passenger Tracking Form.

You must also book a Covid-19 lateral flow test before arriving in Gibraltar.

This must take place in Gibraltar within 24 hours of arrival.

If you are not vaccinated and have not visited a Red List country ten days prior to arrival in Gibraltar, you must pass a Covid-19 lateral flow test prior to departure at most 48 hours prior to your arrival. flight to Gibraltar.

Before traveling to Gibraltar, you must also book a Covid-19 lateral flow test, to be taken in Gibraltar within 24 hours of arrival.

It’s not just the new Spanish rules that affect vacationers.

The UK has introduced new travel rules for arrivals from countries not on the red list, in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Starting at 4 a.m. today (December 7), anyone traveling to the UK from these destinations will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test or Lateral Flow Pre-departure (LFD) test. , carried out at the earliest 48 hours before departure.

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This applies to anyone 12 years of age or older, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

When you return to the UK, the rules depend on your vaccination status.

If you are vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate for two days and have a PCR test on the second day, where a negative result will free you from isolation.

If you are not vaccinated you will need to self-isolate for 10 days in the UK and have PCR tests on days 2 and 8.

The majority of countries – including Spain – are currently on the “rest of the world list”, ie not on the red list.

For those returning from a Red List country, the rules remain the same, including the requirement to stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days, with two PCR tests on the second and eighth days.

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