Latest travel rules for UK travelers heading to Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands this summer with airlines including TUI, Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and more
Holidays in Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, are on the cards for sun-hungry Britons, although Covid travel rules are still in place for British holidaymakers.
Holiday giants such as TUI, Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways have plenty of holiday deals and cheap flights to the hotspots, whether you’re planning a trip for the May holidays, the mid-term holidays or the summer holidays.
For those not tied to the school holidays, Spain and the islands already offer warm sunny weather for the holidays in April, May and June as well.
There are always travel rules in place if you want to visit. In recent weeks there has been some confusion when Spanish authorities announced that unvaccinated Britons could enter with a Covid test, only to backtrack on the decision hours later due to a misunderstanding.
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So what are the latest travel rules for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands?
We take a look at their entry requirements for Brits below…
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 Covid test. negative made 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.
As for local Covid rules, Spain recently relaxed its rules on face masks, which means you will no longer be required to wear them in indoor places such as restaurants and bars. (The country has already removed the requirement to wear a face covering 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 agency.
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 or recent recovery or a negative Covid test will not be accepted for travelers arriving from the UK. (You can find out more on the tourist office website)
Regardless of their vaccination status, anyone entering the Balearic Islands will need to complete a health check form online before travelling.
Children under 12 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.
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 need to present a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from. Check with your tour operator and local authorities in your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.
Will you be booking a vacation to Spain this summer, or will you be waiting until the last minute to see if there’s a change in entry rules? Let us know in the comments below.
- Travel restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest Spain travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which covers mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, before you book or travel.