Deja Vu! Will unvaccinated travel from the UK be lifted or extended on Sunday?
At the last minute on April 30th, the Spanish Government extended the ban on non-vaccinated travellers from the UK to Spain (including the Canary Islands), but only for two weeks instead of a month like previous extensions.
The current legislation finishes at midday on Sunday (May 15th), as published in the BOE on April 30th, so the question is will Friday the 13th be unlucky for some, or will we have positive news later today or tomorrow.
This is a national restriction covering the whole of Spain and not a Canary Islands decision, so we are waiting for the news as much as you are, as local businesses, airlines, and hoteliers are dependent on the full reactivation and recovery of tourism from the UK.
As always, any announcement, will be made official by being published in the BOE (Boletín Oficial del Estado), which up until today has nothing in it regarding travel, so this means something must be printed tomorrow (as it isn’t published on Sundays) otherwise the measure will be automatically lifted.
So, fingers crossed for either a positive announcement allowing non-vaccinated travellers from the UK back into Spain, or no announcement so that the measure has run its course and is lifted automatically. The safe money is being placed on allowing travel but with a test, let’s wait and see!
In the meantime, the following criteria must still be met to enter the country:
Over 18s: Must have proof of vaccination or valid recovery certificate.
12 to 17-year-olds: Must have proof of vaccination, or valid recovery certificate, or negative PCR test result in the last 72 hours.
Under 12s: No tests or vaccination required.
Many people are still contacting us asking whether or not UK travellers have to complete a Spanish Locator form, the answer is no, if, you can prove your vaccination or recovery with the NHS Covid Pass.
The NHS Covid Pass is now recognised across Europe, not just in Spain, as a replacement for proof of vaccination status instead of the EU Covid Certificate, so as long as you have this up to date, no locator form is necessary.
If you don’t have this, then you still have to complete a form.