Can I travel to Spain? Final advice because Brits are welcome without testing

Spain will allow British travelers to enter the country without a negative PCR test for Covid-19, from Monday, May 24.

This will mean unrestricted entry, even for unvaccinated Britons; although Spain is on the UK’s orange list, travelers must self-isolate upon return and complete several tests.

As suspected, Spain announced its reopening to the British before much of the rest of the EU. The EU agreed this week it will allow vaccinated non-EU holidaymakers to visit the bloc this summer, but not until later in June – Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Maria Reyes Maroto, has said on May 11 that she expected the UK to do so. be on the list of free trips.

“International tourists can start planning their holidays in Spain now,” Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told reporters.

However, the UK’s own attitude towards travelers from Spain – and Brits returning from the country – will mean that a range of restrictions remain for holidaymakers. Spain is currently on the ‘orange’ list, which means Britons can visit the country, but are also subject to a 10-day quarantine on return.

Under the new ‘traffic light’ system, those traveling to the UK from Amber List countries will be required to take a pre-departure test and then self-isolate for 10 days at the ‘arrival, during which time they will have to take two PCR tests (on days two and eight of their return). It will be possible to be released from quarantine on the fifth day, provided that another “release test” returns negative.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said vacationers should not visit orange or red countries, and the Office of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) currently not recommended non-essential travel to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Can I visit Spain now?

You can still travel to Spain for essential reasons, but you must self-isolate for 10 days upon your return to the UK. The main reasons include work that cannot be done at home or emergency medical treatment – not vacations.

In England and Wales, travelers arriving from Spain must isolate themselves either at a private address or (if they prefer) in a rental / hotel. Travelers returning from Orange List destinations will not need to self-isolate at a government-mandated quarantine hotel – instead, they can self-isolate at a private address.

When will Spain be added to the green list?

Spain is currently on the orange list. The UK government has given no indication of when or indeed whether the country will be added to the green list. It was hoped that Spain would be included in the next update to the traffic light system, which is due on June 7, but the Telegraph understands that this will not be the case until the next round of changes, which are to be announced. June 28. .

This casts cold water on the hopes of the Spanish tourism authorities to resume unrestricted vacations in the destination.

“We know what we need to do to get British travelers back to Spain,” said Reyes Maroto: “Continue to reduce the accumulated incidence rate of COVID-19 and continue our vaccination rollout.” But until a greenlist announcement is formally made, there is no guarantee that Spain will actually achieve greenlist status – either before summer or later in the year.

What are the current testing rules in Spain?

Currently, UK citizens arriving in Spain must complete a ‘health check form’, confirming that they have taken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test within 72 hours or less before arrival, have tested negative for Covid-19 and have evidence (eg test certificate) to support this.

Spain will not require PCR testing after May 24 – provided the UK’s seven-day case rate remains low.

What does the “orange list” mean?

All travelers arriving in the UK from Orange Countries will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days (potentially reduced with a paid ‘release test’ on day 5) and take PCR tests on (or before) on the second day. and on the eighth day of isolation, as well as taking a test before returning to the UK (they will provide proof of a negative result, which can be a printed document or an email or text displayed on your phone) and filling out a passenger locator form.

The government currently requires every test done in the UK to be a PCR test, which can be costly. Prices are slowly coming down, with a government approved provider now charging £ 45 and Tui offering test packages for ‘green’ destinations starting at £ 20.

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