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Spain relaxes Covid entry rules for UK travellers

Spain will allow British travellers to enter the country without the need for a Covid test or vaccination certificate from today (Monday).

The UK is one of ten non-EU countries on a list showing a low incidence of the virus and therefore exempted from the need to show a certificate of vaccination.

The new health requirements issued by the Spain’s tourism ministry come as the country moves to encourage summer holiday arrivals despite the country having amber status in the UK government’s traffic light system for international travel.


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An update issued by the Spanish Tourist Office said: “If you are travelling from a country or territory included in the list of countries with low incidence, excluded from the risk zone, you will be able to travel without the need for a diagnostic test or a certificate of vaccination or immunity.”

All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit, must complete a health control form before their departure, regardless of  country of origin.

The new edict said: “The improvement of the epidemiological situation in Spain and the developing progress in the vaccination roll-out, both in Spain and in many countries around the world, make it possible to ease the measures for entry into Spain for tourist purposes.

“The main new features are the acceptance of EU-approved rapid antigen tests and vaccination and recovery certificates for travellers from the European Union and European Economic Area countries, as well as the opening to tourists from non-EU countries with vaccination certificates.”

The guidance added: ”If you are travelling from a country or territory that is not included in the list of exempted countries, from 7 June tourists will be allowed to enter if they have a certificate of vaccination issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule.

“Passengers with an EU Covid digital certificate and those coming from countries not considered at risk (both European and third countries) will obtain a Fast Control QR code that gives access to faster health checks, as they will not have to show the certificate either at boarding or at the health check on arrival.”

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