Spain travel rules for Brits change today with new Covid vaccine requirements

Brits heading on Spain holidays will be subject to new entry rules that have come into force today (February 1).

The existing rule that requires UK travellers to be fully vaccinated to visit Spain still stands, but there are changes that depend on when you received your vaccination.

That’s because under new EU-wide rules, your final dose will need to have been administered within 270 days (approximately nine months) of your arrival at your destination.

If you were vaccinated outside of this window – aka earlier than 270 days – then you will be required to show proof that you have received a booster jab.

Essentially, it will affect those who had completed their Covid vaccination by May 1, 2021.

The new rules apply to all passengers who are aged 12 or over.

However, the booster jab isn’t the only rule that could throw a spanner in the works for family holidays to Spain.

Currently, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers aren’t allowed to enter Spain for tourism. According to the UK Foreign Office, the country is also not accepting UK records with proof of Covid recovery for non-essential travel.

This means that unvaccinated children and teenagers aged over 12 won’t be able to visit for holidays, including half term.

This rule has been in place since December.

a group of people sitting at a crowded beach: Tourists enjoying the sunshine on Cala Compte beach© LightRocket via Getty Images Tourists enjoying the sunshine on Cala Compte beach

For those who do meet the requirements and can head to Spain, it’s worth noting that there are still a number of Covid rules in place.

For example, face masks continue to be obligatory in enclosed public spaces as well as outdoors, and social distancing of 1.5 metres remains in place.

You can find out more about the entry rules and other important information in the Foreign Office’s latest Spain travel advice.

The new travel rules aren’t the only factors changing for UK holidaymakers.

Earlier this month, easyJet issued a warning for Brits as Ibiza and Majorca are introducing new limits on alcoholic drinks for all-inclusive holidays on the Balearic Islands.

easyJet issues a statement for its passengers explaining: “Due to a change in Spanish law which affects certain resorts in the Balearic islands, alcoholic drinks are now limited to three per person at lunch and dinner as part of the all inclusive basis.”

The move is part of a wider attempt to limit the amount of drunken tourists in the resorts, which also involves banning the likes of happy hours, pub crawls and two-for-one drink offers.

It’s worth noting that only certain regions are affected, so it’s worth checking the rules with your holiday operator before you book.


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