After being hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic, Spain opened its borders to international tourism in July 2020 but has since reclosed the borders to many countries.

It plans to only reopen to international tourism again once at least thirty per cent of the population has had the COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, only travellers coming from the EU and other countries with reciprocal travel agreements including China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Rwanda can visit Spain.

Travellers coming from other countries are only permitted to visit Spain for essential reasons and not tourism. 

Can I Travel to Spain Right Now?

If you are travelling from the UK, you can only visit Spain for essential reasons. Mainland Spain is currently on the amber list of countries in the UK, meaning that travel is discouraged.

The one exception is the Balearic Islands, which were added to the green list and open for international tourism in June 2021. Before travelling to Spain, all travellers must complete an electronic Health Control Form before arrival.

Travellers arriving from high-risk countries will need to show a medical certificate for a negative COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival in the country. 

Requirements for Travelling to Spain From the UK:

Entry restrictions and testing requirements for those arriving in Spain from the UK do not apply from 24 May 2021. However, requirements may still be in place for travellers who have travelled to a ‘high-risk’ country within two weeks prior to arrival in Spain, or for those who are travelling from mainland Spain to the Canary or Balearic Islands.

Testing requirements may apply if you are travelling into Spain by road or rail from France or if you are staying in tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands. All passengers entering Spain must complete a pre-travel declaration form. There is no mandatory quarantine in place for those arriving from Spain unless you are coming from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Peru, Kenya, India, Mozambique, Brazil, Colombia, Botswana, Ghana, or Comoros. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures in Spain:

If you’re considering visiting Spain and are happy to quarantine when you return to the UK, you might be wondering what’s open in the country right now.

Beaches, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are all open, but there are various restrictions in place in each region that you should know about before you arrive.

Hotels and other accommodation types are open, but they have increased health and safety measures to keep both guests and employees safe. Guests are required to wear a face-covering in all public areas and stick to social distancing measures.

Contactless payment methods are encouraged wherever possible, so it’s worth informing your bank about your upcoming travel or getting a contactless travel card that you can top up with Euros. Attractions and tours will have restricted capacity limits to enable social distancing, so booking online in advance is recommended. 

Most of Spain is still on the amber list as of June 2021 but watch this space as more Spanish destinations are set to be open for travel soon!

Richard Collett