As the summer holidays approach, Britons across the country are gearing up for a well-deserved getaway in the sun.
And this year Spain is looking to be the likeliest candidate thanks to the recent easing of many of its Covid restrictions, which a number of other holiday spots continue to implement.
Yet, while a number of airlines offer holiday packages and flights to Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, there are still a number of entry requirements tourists should be aware of.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Those arriving in Spain will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid.
To be considered fully immunized, travelers will need to have completed a full vaccination course at least fourteen days before travel – if they have completed this course nine months before traveling to Spain, they will need a booster shot to qualify as fully immunized.
Spain recently eased its restrictions on unvaccinated teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen, who now only need a negative Covid test rather than a vaccination certificate. They have also dropped a number of other restrictions such as wearing masks outside.
As it stands, unvaccinated Britons will not be able to enter Spain for holidays unless they can show proof of recovery.
the Canary Islands
The neighboring Canary Islands – including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – have rules similar to those in Spain which require visitors to provide proof of full vaccination or proof of recent recovery.
However, some tourists may be required to show proof of a negative Covid test on arrival at their accommodation – this will need to be verified with the tour operator or travel agent.
All travelers will be required to complete an online pre-trip form before visiting the Canary Islands.
And luckily for holidaymakers, the Canaries recently dropped all of their local Covid restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to remove their capacity restrictions.
the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands – made up of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – only welcome perfectly vaccinated travellers.
Those who can provide proof of a recent recovery from Covid will not be accepted, although children under the age of twelve are exempt from all vaccination and testing requirements.
Anyone entering the Balearic Islands will also need to complete a pre-trip health check form online.
For people 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 show a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from.
“Consult your tour operator and local authorities at your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.”