What you need to know about travelling to and from Spain right now

Jun 30, 2021

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The Balearic Islands were added to the U.K. government’s coveted green list at the last list update. The move made it the first time this year that Spain had featured on the list.

However, just the Balearic Islands have been added to the green list. Mainland Spain, including the Canary Islands remain on the amber list, which requires a 10-day quarantine on return to the U.K.

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Whether you are currently in Spain, have a summer trip planned or have been looking to book travel, here is what you need to know about travelling to and from Spain right now.

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Can I travel to Spain now?

The FCDO currently advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, except for the Balearic Islands, which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, and the Canary Islands.

If you decide to travel to mainland Spain, you’ll be travelling against government advice. Because of this, your travel insurance may be rendered invalid.

Related: What happens if you ignore government advice to travel right now?

Spain is welcoming British travellers right now, provided they satisfy the entry requirements.

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

Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Sven Hansche/EyeEm/Getty Images)

What are the entry requirements for Spain?

British travellers bound for Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera will now need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or proof of full vaccination for at least 14 days to enter.

It appears as though British travellers entering mainland Spain are still not subject to the testing or vaccination requirement. All travellers arriving into Spain from the U.K. must also:

What do I need to do when I return to the UK from Spain?

If you are returning to the United Kingdom on a direct flight from the Balearic Islands, the green list rules will apply and you will not need to quarantine for 10 days. However, you will still need to test two times: once prior to departure, which can be a lateral flow test, and once post-arrival, which must be pre-booked and be a PCR test.

If you fly to the United Kingdom from anywhere else in Spain, or connect through an amber list country like France or Germany, then the amber list rules will apply and you will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine at home. You will also be required to undergo two tests during your quarantine: one on day two and one on day eight.

This means if you are flying back from a Balearic Island but connect in Barcelona (BCN) or Madrid (MAD), you will be treated as an amber list arrival as if you spent your entire trip in mainland Spain.

Amber arrivals into England can potentially reduce their quarantine period by purchasing an additional PCR test as part of the Test to Release programme. Note that Test to Release only applies to England — not the other devolved nations.

Am I covered by travel insurance?

If you travel against government travel advice, this will void most travel insurance policies. Check the details of your individual policy. Most travel providers have specific COVID-19 advice pages for this exact information.

Related: Does my travel insurance cover COVID-19?

Will the travel advice for Spain change again?

The traffic light system is usually updated every three weeks on Thursdays, with the next review currently expected on 15 July, with any changes expected to take place from the following week. This could be additional destinations in Spain being added to the green list, or the Balearics added to the amber list. It will depend on how the U.K. government analyses the data at the time.

The U.K. government could change the list at short notice, though has promised to try and provide sufficient notice where possible to allow people to change their travel plans.

(Photo by Imgorthand / Getty Images)

Bottom line

Spain is traditionally a very popular destination for British travellers, especially in summer. It’s great news that the Balearic Islands have now made the green list, allowing more options for travel this summer.

Related: The 8 countries and territories you can visit from the UK without quarantine on either end

Make sure you are covered by travel insurance and are aware of the entry requirements for Spain, as well as the testing and quarantine requirements on your return to the United Kingdom.

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