Can I travel to Spain?
Last updated: 19 September 2021
Yes you can travel to Spain! It’s currently open to tourists – read on below for more information on the requirements and what’s on offer when you visit this popular European destination.
• Entry restrictions: From 2 July, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under 12 years old) to present entry one of the following upon entry: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. Further requirements and entry restrictions may also apply if:
- You have travelled to a ‘risk country’ within 14 days prior to arrival in Spain
- You are travelling from mainland Spain to the Balearic or Canary Islands, or you are staying in tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands
- You are travelling overland (by road or rail) from France
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. From 1 July, it will be available in all EU Member States and facilitates safe free movement of citizens in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic, including to Spain.
• Quarantine: Quarantine is not required in Spain if you meet the above requirements, but it may be required upon your return home (for example, if travelling home to the UK and you are not fully vaccinated). Check full restrictions at the link below.
• Other local guidelines: Bars, restaurants, shops and nightclubs are all open but with social distancing measures and reduced capacities in place. Public transport is running, however may be limited services in some regions. Face masks are required when within enclosed environments, on public transportation, and when a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be respected.
There is so much variety in Spain – from the well-known mainland cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia to the hillside destinations of the Duoro Valley, and of course the popular seaside resorts of Malaga and the Costa Brava.
Head to Spain for incredible food and wine, from pinxtos and tapas to fine dining and everything in between. Accommodation ranges from popular holiday camps to a host of bed and breakfasts, all-inclusive resorts to luxury boutique hotels. For sports lovers, catch the European champions Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in their home cities!
Best time to go?
Spain has something to offer year-round but we love late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to October), when you can expect milder temperatures and smaller crowds of tourists.
Our Top 5 unmissable adventures:
- The Balearics – From partying in the beautiful Ibiza to the trendy Palma in Majorca, the Balearics made it onto the UK’s Green List and have so much to offer! Plan your trip here
- Wine tasting – Spain’s Tuscany is the Rioja wine region, located in Northern Spain and offering pretty hamlets to explore as you sample some of the countries’ finest wines. Take a look at the map below to find out more
- Santiago de Compostela – Home to the famous pilgrimage and the burial place of the relics of James the Apostle, this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also offers delicious Galician seafood and modern art
- National parks – There are 16 in total, from the Sierra Nevada for winter sports to the opposite extreme and the Parque Donana for birdwatching…
- Cycling in Calpe – Spain offers a wealth of fantastic cycling routes and experiences, with Calpe one of the highlights, with hundreds of kilometres of peaceful meaning it has featured in stages of world tours, particularly the Vuelta a España. You’ll find more from The Yellow Jersey here.
And for families?
From the Arts and Sciences Park and Gulliver’s Park in Valencia to the Museum of Chocolate in Barcelona, there are plenty of activities for children of all ages across Spain! The country plays host to amusement parks, as well as stunning coastal resorts and national parks for exploring on foot or by bike. The restrictions above exclude children under 12 years old, meaning they are not required to have a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.
Getting back into the UK
Based on current restrictions, those returning from Spain who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. Those yet to be vaccinated will need to quarantine at home for up to 10 days. For more information on local guidelines and travel restrictions, use our free search tool for the very latest updates
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