Travelling to Spain - guide for those who want to visit Spain
In these unprecedented times of the COVID virus situation, the rules for each particular country and the regulations on travel are changing frequently. Here we are trying to keep our clients updated on the present situation and will post regular updates as the situation changes. We concentrate more on Andalucia, where we are based, so some of this information is different in other regions of Spain
What are the new rules in Spain?
At present (27th November 2020) there is no National lockdown in Spain. However, last month the government declared a second “State of Emergency” which allows them to impose such restrictions if they deem them necessary and allows local authorities the power to legally enforce these restrictions. The following is a summary of the regulations and will be in place until 10th December when another review will be made :
- A national curfew (everywhere except the Canary Islands) which requires everyone to be at home between 11pm – 6am. Regional authorities are allowed to adjust these times by one hour, either side of the limits.
- Nightlife activities are severely restricted – bars, cafés & restaurants are obliged to close at 6pm
- Wearing of Face masks are obligatory at all times – this now includes when doing sport or even sitting in a café / restaurant when not actually eating or drinking.
- All movement between municipalities is restricted, so that you can only enter or leave them with justified cause. Justified causes include work (you need to have written authorization from your employer to show the police should you be stopped), caring for a person with ill health or attending an emergency.
- Social gatherings are limited to 6 people unless living together
What does this mean for visiting tourists?
Effectively this means that if you are staying in for example Marbella, you are obliged to stay within Marbella’s municipal limits and cannot travel to even the neighbouring municipalities such as Estepona without valid reason. In the case of a tourist, about the only valid reason that would be accepted is visiting a hospital for health reasons.
What do I need in order to travel to Spain from the UK?
- The UK is considered a “high risk” country (along with the majority of European countries) and the Spanish authorities requires those flying in from high risk countries to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Spain, before they will be allowed to fly.
- Passenger Locator cards are required to be filled out and submitted by all travelers 48 hours prior to arrival. The form has to be filled out and submitted Online (no paper copies are allowed). These forms can be found at the following website: https://www.spth.gob.es/
- Unlike the UK, travelers are not required to self-isolate for 14 days, but do have to follow the local regulations that have been imposed.
- Wearing a facemask is obligatory throughout the whole journey, including time in the airports.
- There may be a basic health check when you arrive in Spain by having your temperature taken. If the travellers temperature registers above 37.5C or there are other symptoms suggesting they could have Covid-19 then they will be subject to protocol established by the regional health authority in which they have arrived.
What do I need in order to return to the UK from Spain?
Passenger Locator cards are required to be filled out and submitted by all travelers 48 hours prior to arrival. The form has to be filled out and submitted Online (no paper copies are allowed). These forms can be found at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
- After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email. You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion.
- Each adult must complete their own form. You can include a minor of under 18 years of age on the same form, providing they are staying at the same UK address.
- Once at your home destination, you are required to isolate for 14 days**
** Upon your return to UK, you can take a PCR test after 5 days and if it proves negative, you are allowed to be released from quarantine.
What about travelling to Spain from other countries?
Spain has brought in new rules requiring of travelling to Spain by air or sea from countries deemed high risk to prove they have tested negative, here’s a look at the rules and who they apply to.
Travelers will be required to provide a negative result on a diagnostic test of active infection (PCR) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
Tests will also be required from the following list of countries:
Albania. Andorra. Argentina. Armenia. Aruba. Bahréin. Belize. Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cape Verde. Colombia. Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, USA, Russia, Georgia. Gibraltar, Guam, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Morroco, Moldova, Mónaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Panamá, French Polynesia, Puerto Rico, San Marino, San Martín, Serbia, Túnisia and Ukraine.
The test results must be written in either Spanish or English and be presented either in electronic version or original paper format and must contain the following information:
Traveller’s name, passport number or ID number (which must match the document used to travel and the health control form), date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre where test was carried out, the kind of test conducted and proof of a negative test result.
Can I drive from Spain through France to catch the Eurotunnel or ferry to England?
Yes. The borders are open and even though France has been on a national lockdown since October 30th you are able to transit the country to your place of residence.
It is advisable that if you are travelling to Spain or from through France by car, which is currently in lockdown then you will need to have proof that you are transiting through the country such as an onward travel booking.