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Brits will need to be fully vaccinated or have negative PCR test be allowed into Spain

Spain will demand a negative PCR test or proof of full vaccination from UK travellers due to concerns over the delta variant of Covid-19.

The new restrictions will come into effect in 72 hours “so that tour operators and British tourists will be able to adapt to the new rules,” according to Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

The conditions will particularly affect travellers to the Balearic islands, which are going on the UK’s green ‘watchlist’ list from 4am on June 30.

The rest of Spain will remain on the amber list, which requires quarantine upon return.

The change follows similar restrictions being introduced by Portugal, on the UK amber list, and Malta, on the green list.

Sanchez told the Spanish Cadena SER radio network: “We are going to apply to British tourists who travel to the Balearic islands the same restrictions that we place on the rest of Europe. They will need either to be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test.”

The measure follows data from the UK showing concerning infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants based on the prior 14 days”.

The Spanish Tourist Office in the UK confirmed the changes would apply to the entirety of Spain.

It explained that the legislative change will be published on June 29, and the new measure will come into effect 72 hours later on July 2.

A spokesperson said: “Despite this change in entry requirements to ensure the protection of both local residents and visitors, Spain has reinforced the value of its UK visitors and stressed that British guests remain welcome.”

Accepted vaccines include: Pfizer-Biontech; Moderna; Astra-Zeneca; Jansen/Johnson&Johnson; Sinovac & Sinopharm.

The vaccination certificate must include the following information as a minimum:

  • Name and surname of the holder
  • Vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered
  • Type of vaccine administered
  • Number of doses administered / full programme
  • Issuing country
  • Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate

The diagnostic certificate must illustrate a negative PCR (NAAT type), test result taken within 48 hours of arrival into Spain. Antigen tests will not be accepted.

Children under 12 years old are exempt from the requirement to pesent a negative PCR or vaccination certificate when travelling with an adult.

Prior to travelling to Spain, all passengers must also present a QR code which is obtained from filling in the Health Control Form (FCS in Spanish) available via Spain Travel Health (SpTH).

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