Spain changed the travel entry rules – How it affects British Tourists
Spain has just introduced changes to their travel rules and it could make it more
difficult for British tourists to visit Spain. The UK is on the Spanish Government’s
high-risk list and they are now requiring to see proof that UK travellers have had
both vaccinations, a negative test result or a recent recovery from COVID-19.
The new regulations came into force on the 6 September and the Spanish Government will be
regularly reviewing the rates in the UK, to determine how high a risk they believe British
travellers to be. Compared to the rates in Spain, the COVID-19 rates in the UK are much higher.
Spain is on the UK’s amber list, which means that travellers must take a test before leaving
Spain and they must also have a PCR test before day 2 of arriving back in the UK.
This PCR test must be paid for by the traveller.
The UK’s traffic light system is due to be reviewed before October 1 and some experts are
predicting that double-vaccinated travellers would not have to take the tests
once arriving back in the UK.
Should tourists from the UK book holidays to Spain?
Many people in the UK book holidays to the Canary Islands over winter as these islands are
more likely to provide a winter sun holiday but with the changes coming into place,
would-be holidaymakers are being more cautious. Rules can change very quickly
and with an expected increase in COVID-19 infections over winter, Spain could
take the decision to ban UK tourists until the rates reduce.
Spain’s borders have been open for UK travellers since 24 May but winter is likely
to see a large increase in COVID-19 infections across the UK. The Spanish Government
will be taking into account how much their tourism industry has been impacted by
travel restrictions and instead of placing a ban on UK travellers, they could
decide to only allow double-vaccinated travellers into the country.
If you are thinking about booking a holiday to Spain from the UK, you should make sure
that there is a COVID-19 cancellation policy that will guarantee you a refund, to
ensure that you do not lose out financially if Spain bans UK holidaymakers.
Double-vaccinated people may be more confident that any rule changes will take
their vaccination status into account and therefore, booking a holiday in Spain
would not be a big risk, especially if there is a free cancellation policy.
Before booking, you should consider the cost of the PCR tests, especially if
you are going as a family, as this could make your holiday considerably more expensive.
You should also be aware that Spain still has some restrictions in place that could
affect your holiday and if you tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain,
you would need to self-isolate in your accommodation.