Heathrow Airport: latest travel rules for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands

While many are enjoying a long weekend thanks to the May bank holiday (May 2), thousands of holidaymakers will be flying out for a mini-break. Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are all 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 Heathrow Airport, we’ve looked at the entry requirements for these three destinations as they stand.

Keep reading to learn more.

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Aerial view of Cala Turqueta beach, Menorca, Balearic Islands, 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 taken within 72 hours before arrival. You can also enter Spain if you have recovered from COVID within the last six months.

It should be noted that currently Spain has not reopened to unvaccinated adults. Thomas Cook also recently warned holidaymakers about a new alcohol rule for those going on an all-inclusive break in the country.

The holiday company has revealed that the number of drinks Britons will be allowed to take as part of their package will be limited to six. There are also new restrictions on the times tourists will be allowed to have their six drinks – they will only be able to be served three free drinks at lunch and three with their evening meal.

The regulations affect those traveling to Magaluf, Mallorca and parts of Ibiza.

the Canary Islands

Las Teresitas Beach, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

If you wish to fly to the Canary Islands, you will need to complete a screening form if you are not fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery. It 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

Aerial view of Cala Turqueta beach, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Aerial view of Cala Turqueta beach, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

To enter the Balearic Islands, all passengers, regardless of their country of origin (except children under 12 and passengers in international transit), must present one of these documents:

  • A digital EU COVID certificate or the EU equivalent of the COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative certificate from a diagnostic test of active infection or a certificate of recovery from having this disease
  • If you do not have the European COVID digital certificate or equivalent, you must complete the SpTH health check form, manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate.

The vaccination certificate with complete calendar for children under 18 does not have an expiry date.