Confusion over whether entry rules to Spain from the UK have changed or not
There is confusion today as many press outlets (including us) have published that Spain has announced that they are lifting entry requirements for non-vaccinated travellers from the UK, but it seems that the update in the BOE is for EU travellers and from third countries.
Last week the Spanish Government extended the ban on non-vaccinated travellers from the UK entering Spain, including the Canary Islands, until April 30th. At the same time they changed the requirement from within the EU and Schengen area so that it includes Antigen tests taken within 24 hours of departure.
Today’s update appears to be the official ratification of that change, with the addition that any traveller with an EU Covid Digital Certificate (including from Ireland), no longer needs to complete a Spanish locator form, whereas anyone without one must continue to do so.
This means that travellers from within the EU and Schengen area can enter Spain with proof of vaccination, or recovery certificate, or a negative test result from a PCR test (within 72 hours of departure), or an Antigen test (within 24 hours of departure).
Currently, tourists over 18 arriving from the UK must present evidence of a valid Covid-19 vaccine certificate or a valid recovery certificate, 12-17 year olds can also present a negative PCR test, and under 12’s must be included on their parent's locator form.
At the moment we have no other official information from an official source to confirm that this requirement and situation has changed.
We would like to apologise to anyone that we may have misled from our previous article, as that was not, or never is, our intention... and we want the update to be correct as much as you do!