Spanish authorities impose new travel rules from 1 February. Update UK.

From 1 February, Spain will only allow travellers to enter who can show proof they were fully vaccinated against Covid within the last 270 days.

  • This means that any travellers who received their second dose more than nine months ago will require a booster jab to be allowed in. The top-up dose must have been given more than 14 days before travel to be considered valid.
  • All visitors to Spain must also fill out a Health Control Form before arrival, which can be completed online or on paper before boarding. On arrival into Spanish ports and airports travellers must show the QR code (hardcopy or digital) that was issued once the health form has been filled out.
  • Proof of vaccination is currently the only acceptable form of entry into Spain. The country will not accept proof of recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test to enter.
  • Travellers may also be subjected to additional checks at the point of entry, including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival.
  • The new rules will apply for all passengers who are aged 12 or over.

The British government has announced the end of testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, including the post-arrival Day 2 tests. The new rule will come into effect on Friday, February 11th. The UK has already scrapped the requirement for pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated arrivals. The UK does not require a booster shot in order to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

  • However it is still mandatory to pay a private company for a Day 2 test, which is taken on or before the second day or your stay in the UK. Under current rules the Day 2 test can be an antigen test rather than the more expensive PCR tests, and arrivals do not have to quarantine while awaiting the results.
  • A booking reference number for a test is required to complete the Passenger Locator Form which all arrivals in the UK must present before their journey. From February 11th the Passenger Locator Form will still be required, but passengers can upload proof of their vaccination status instead of a booking reference.