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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for Spain as Covid change throws holidays into confusion

As half term fast approaches, a number of London-based families may be looking forward to a winter getaway to sunny Spain.

In order to travel to the popular holiday destination, it’s vital that we’re all up-to-date on the latest travel rules and restrictions for the country we’re heading to.

A recent change to the travel restrictions for UK travellers to Spain has recently been introduced which you may want to get to grips with before you start packing.

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The rule change came into effect from February 1

The Spanish government has now said that travellers must produce a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before they depart.

Previously, the rule was that incoming tourists had 48 hours to take the test – this time frame has now halved.

The Spanish government said: “As of today [February 1] only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours before arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now.”

This new rule kicked in on Tuesday, February 1, although travellers will still have 72 hours to take a PCR test before they jet off.

If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel.

Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements.



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From 1 February onwards, at least 14 days must have passed since being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before arrival in Spain.

Under the Spanish government’s current measures, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements set out above.

If you’re travelling to Spain for tourism purposes, you cannot use the UK proof of Covid-19 recovery record certifying that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months.

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