Spain will welcome British travellers from Monday

May 21, 2021

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U.K. travellers eager to go on holiday now have one more destination to consider, as the always popular destination of Spain is removing travel restrictions for British visitors for tourism purposes, starting Monday, May 24.

Officials in Madrid announced in the government’s official gazette that the U.K. would be added to the list of countries that are exempt from the “essential travel only” rule that is currently in force for non-EU nations. Other countries deemed low-risk on that list include Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore and Thailand.

Visitors from the UK also will not have to present a negative COVID test to enter Spain even if they are not vaccinated.

The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, explained: “From May 24 Spain will be more than delighted to receive British tourists back into our country without health controls.” The decision to lift travel restrictions for U.K. travellers on holiday comes as new cases of COVID-19 have dropped to their lowest levels since last August, and the European Union continues to discuss removing limits on travel as the summer season begins.

Of course, there is one potential issue travellers must note: Spain remains on the U.K’s “amber list.” If you travel to an amber list nation, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested once at your destination before your return flight, and then twice upon your return to the U.K. Despite the resumption of non-essential travel this week, officials have warned against visiting countries that are on the amber or red lists of the UK’s traffic light system.

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) currently advises British residents against travel to anywhere in Spain but the Canary Islands.

Related: Can I go on holiday to an amber list country right now?

That is very important to consider because it means that your travel insurance likely won’t cover a holiday to Spain. Pre-COVID, Spain was the most-visited country by British travellers with more than 18 million visiting in 2019.

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