9 Oct, 2021 @ 11:39
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EXPLAINED: What are the new rules for travel between UK and Spain now amber list has been scrapped?

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En attendant l arrivee des touristes, les Baleares maintiennent les restrictions pour freiner le coronavirus, alors que l etat d urgence sanitaire a ete leve le 9 mai en Espagne. Un test PCR negatif ainsi qu un formulaire sanitaire sont requis avant d embarquer et verifies a l arrivee des voyageurs sur l Ile. Aeroport de Palma de Majorque, Iles Baleares. Jeudi 20 mai 2021. Pending the arrival of tourists, the Balearic Islands are maintaining restrictions to curb the coronavirus, while the state of health emergency was lifted on 9 May in Spain. A negative PCR test and a health form are required before boarding and verified on arrival on the island. Palma de Mallorca Airport, Balearic Islands. Thursday 20 May 2021. Photograph by Jeanne Accorsini / Sipa Press.//ACCORSINIJEANNE_1911.30643/2106021424/Credit:JEANNE ACCORSINI/SIPA/2106021426 *** Local Caption *** 01022232

NEW simplified travel rules come into force in the UK from Monday October 4, with the traffic light system replaced by a single red list.

The new rules mean that fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries including Spain will no longer have to take a test before flying in the UK, a move designed to make travelling to the UK easier and cheaper.

Until now those travelling from Spain and other ‘amber list’ countries were required to show a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to travel. But this is no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers.

Anyone under 18 who is resident in those countries that have an approved vaccine programme can also travel to the UK without testing.

However, those over 18 who do not have proof of full vaccination will need a pre-departure test and a PCR test on days two and eight after they return, and must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK.

All travellers – except children under five years old – will still have to pay for a PCR test two days after arrival in the UK. And this must be booked in advance of travel to provide a booking code that is required on the  Passenger Locator Form.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

The “fully vaccinated” label applies to all those who have been double-jabbed with EU approved vaccines or received the one-shot Janssen vaccine with the last dose administered at least 14 days before  travel.

Mixing first and second shots of different approved vaccines is also allowed.

However,  those who have had Covid plus one dose of a two-dose vaccine are NOT considered fully vaccinated under UK rules, although they are in Spain. Which means they will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test and self-isolate for ten days.

To show proof of your vaccination status you can show the NHS Covid Pass if you were vaccinated in England or Wales or the equivalent from Scottish or Northern Ireland authorities.

Those resident in Spain can  download the EU Digital COVID Certificate from your local health authority in Spain.

All travellers to the UK still need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form ahead of travel. 

Travelling to Spain from the UK

The rules for entering Spain from the UK remain unchanged. 

Everyone aged 12 or over arriving in Spain from the UK must present either:

  • a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling
  • proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel

All travellers must complete a health control form no more than 48 hours before travelling to Spain by air or sea.

Check out official government rules of UK and Spain before travel.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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