Spain extends ban on travellers from the UK until April.
Spain has banned UK arrivals for an additional two weeks, it was announced yesterday afternoon. The travel ban was due to end on Tuesday, March 16th; however, as that date nears Spain has extended the ban until the end of the month.
Following this, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice yesterday:
"On 22nd December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea," the FCDO said. "These measures have now been extended until 6pm on 30th March 2021, with the exception of Spanish and Andorran nationals, and those legally resident in Spain or Andorra”, meaning that only valid reasons for essential travel are acceptable for entry.
Despite this blow to Spain travel, it follows an announcement from the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism that holidaymakers will be allowed back to the country in May. The minister of Tourism for Spain, Reyes Maroto, estimates that 40% of the target population will have received the vaccine by then.
"When we have that percentage of vaccination in spring, we will be in a position to begin the reopening of our destinations in line with what we are working on in the European Union," Maroto assured. For now, strict travel rules are still in place for Spain, and to what extent they will be lifted from May is not yet known.
"All passengers (excluding children under the age of six years old) travelling to Spanish airports from ‘risk’ countries, as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC) are required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country," states the FCDO.
You will also be subject to the additional three requirements at the point of entry, as it is mandatory for all passengers travelling by air or sea to Spain to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with:
- contact information;
- details of any known history of exposure to Covid-19;
- confirmation that you are able to provide evidence (electronically or hardcopy) that you have undertaken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and have tested negative for Covid-19.
The FCDO continued: "You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival." Travellers will also have to undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment on arrival.
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The FCDO urges travellers not to use the NHS for Covid tests for travel, “You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country," it states. "You should arrange to take a private test and should confirm with the testing facility the type of tests available prior to booking an appointment."
Britons are currently not allowed to travel abroad for non-essential reasons until May 17th “at the earliest", and details of how international travel can resume will be unveiled on April 12th by the UK Government.