International travel and vacations abroad are back on the cards for many this year after two summers of Covid restrictions. Millions of people will plan holidays in Spain to destinations such as Alicante, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
A number of companies, including TUI, Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways, all offer holiday and flight deals to holiday hotspots. And, they’re available if you’re planning a May holiday, semester, or summer vacation getaway.
For those of you who are not restricted to school holidays, offers are available for the months of May, June and July. Spain and the islands offer warmer weather these months, reports the shimmer .
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Although legal Covid restrictions in the UK are a thing of the past, the situation is different overseas. In recent weeks Spanish authorities have caused confusion after announcing that unvaccinated Britons could enter with a Covid test, only to backtrack on the decision hours later due to a misunderstanding.
So what are the latest travel rules for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands? Below we take a look at the entry requirements for the British.
Requirements for entering Spain
If you wish to visit Spain you will need to present proof that you are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid. To be considered fully vaccinated, you will need to have completed a full vaccination program at least 14 days prior to travel. If you complete this more than 270 days (nine months) before traveling to Spain, you will need a booster to be fully vaccinated.
Although the rules apply to anyone aged 12 or over, Spain has eased its restrictions for unvaccinated teenagers, aged 12 to 17, who can visit if they have proof of a test. Negative Covid carried out before the trip.
If you are fully immunized, you do not need to complete a pre-travel health form. However, travelers entering with proof of Covid recovery or unvaccinated teenagers aged 12-17 will need to complete an online pre-travel form, which must be completed no later than 48 hours before travel to Spain.
Currently, unvaccinated Britons will not be able to enter for the holidays unless they can show proof of recovery.
Regarding the local Covid rules, Spain recently relaxed its rules on face masks which means that you will no longer have to wear them in indoor places such as restaurants and bars. The country has already removed the requirement to wear face coverings outdoors.
Canary Islands travel rules
The rules in the Canary Islands are similar to those in Spain; you must be fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery to visit. Again, unvaccinated teenagers aged 12-17 can visit provided they have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel.
You may also need to show proof of a negative Covid test for your accommodation – check with your tour operator or travel agent. All travelers will be required to complete an online pre-trip form before visiting the Canary Islands.
If you are traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office travel advice states: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain you may be required to present a negative COVID test depending on the region. where you are traveling from. Check with your tour operator and the local authorities at your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.”
In a recent holiday push for Brits, the Canaries ended their local Covid restrictions, which included removing capacity limits for places such as bars and restaurants, and allowing dancing in nightclubs.
Conditions of travel to the Balearic Islands
Travelers will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid if they want to enter the Balearic Islands for vacation. According to the Balearic Tourism Board website, proof of recent recovery or a negative Covid test will not be accepted for travelers from the UK. You can learn more about the website of the tourist office .
Anyone entering the Balearic Islands will be required to complete a health check form online prior to travel. Children under 12 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.
If you are traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office’s travel advice notes: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to present a negative COVID test depending on the region. where you are traveling from. Check with your tour operator and the local authorities at your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.”
Travel restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs latest spain travel tips which covers mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, before booking or setting off on a trip.