Gatwick Airport: updated travel rules for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands

With the Easter weekend behind us, many holidaymakers are already planning their next break for the upcoming May bank holiday (May 2). Spain, the Canaries and The Balearic Islands are popular with Brits for their beautiful beaches and warm weather.

But there are still various rules that travelers must follow to enter these destinations, so it is important that you are up to date. To make your life easier when traveling from Gatwick Airport, we’ve looked at the entry requirements for these three destinations as they stand.

Keep reading to learn more.

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Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid, Spain

If you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer have to complete the health form, provided you are in possession of a digital certificate attesting to your vaccination status. Previously, all travelers to Spain had to complete a pre-travel form 48 hours before departure.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you will need to have completed a full vaccination course at least 14 days prior to your trip. If you received a double shot more than nine months before traveling to Spain, you will not be considered fully vaccinated unless you received a booster shot.

Spain has also eased its restrictions for teenagers, with children aged 12 to 17 allowed to visit if not vaccinated, provided they have proof of a negative COVID test. If you are visiting with proof of COVID recovery, you will still need to have the health form if you wish to enter the vacation hotspot.

It should be noted that currently Spain has not reopened to unvaccinated Britons unless they can prove recent Covid recovery.

the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are popular during the winter
The Canary Islands are popular with UK visitors all year round

If you want to fly to the Canary Islands, you will need to complete a screening form, which can be done digitally. If you are traveling on a cruise ship, here is the form you need to complete.

You must prove that you are fully vaccinated by showing a vaccination certificate, but children under 12 are exempt. You can also show a recovery certificate.

Passengers between the ages of 12 and 17 may submit a negative PCR test, taken 72 hours before arrival, if not fully vaccinated.

the Balearic Islands

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The Balearic Islands

To enter the Balearic Islands, you must complete a health check form. This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Passengers must present a certificate or document proving that they have been fully vaccinated, but no more than nine months must have passed to be considered fully vaccinated. A negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery is not accepted for Britons traveling to the Balearic Islands.