Will unvaccinated travel from the UK be lifted or extended tomorrow?
The two questions we are asked the most at the Canarian Weekly via email or messenger are, is there any change for unvaccinated travellers from the UK to the Canary Islands and do I have to fill in a Spanish locator form?
Regarding unvaccinated travellers, there hasn’t been any official (or unofficial) announcement from the Spanish Government as yet, even though the current decree preventing this ends tomorrow, Saturday 30th April.
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 as local businesses, airlines, and hoteliers are dependent on the full reactivation and recovery of tourism from the UK.
Any announcement that does come, i.e. whether the restriction is lifted or extended again, will not be official until it is published in the BOE (Boletín Oficial del Estado), which up until today has nothing in it regarding travel. However, this means something must be printed tomorrow (it isn’t published on Sundays) otherwise the measure will be automatically lifted.
Along these lines, Germany has just extended their entry restrictions for another month for travellers and returning holidaymakers, which is the country that sends the second-highest number of tourists to the Canary Islands after the UK.
Regarding the second question about UK travellers having 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 recognised across Europe now, 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.
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