What you need to know before travelling to Spain from the United Kingdom during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Brits travelling to Spain.

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From the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia to strolls through Park Guell, Spain is a destination travellers from United Kingdom are bound to enjoy. At this point in time, Brits are able to freely travel throughout Spain.

In this guide, you’ll find out the details of travelling from United Kingdom to Spain and what’s open as well as permit, quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Can I travel from United Kingdom to Spain?

Spain is currently open to all visitors from United Kingdom, including Spanish citizens, permanent residents and tourists. British travellers can also expect a digital health certificate scheme to be introduced by the Spanish government in June 2021 which requires you to be either fully vaccinated, have a negative COVID-19 test result or hold proof you've recovered from the virus.

British travellers are able to visit Spain quarantine-free unless you’re arriving from one of the following countries where a 10-day quarantine period is required:
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Union of Comoros
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Latest information for Spain

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COVID-19 statistics in Spain vs United Kingdom

Getting to Spain and travelling around once there

Which entry points in Spain are open to travellers from United Kingdom?

Spain has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from United Kingdom:
  • Open Borders: All, excluding Portugal
  • Open Airports: All

As a traveller from United Kingdom, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Spain?

Yes, once in Spain, Brits are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in Spain?

Spain is slowly but surely opening up its major sightseeing attractions for locals and British tourists alike.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • La Sagrada Familia: Temporarily closed
  • Park Guell: Open
  • Alhambra: Open
  • Casa Mila: Open
  • La Rambla: Open
  • Royal Alcazar of Seville: Open
  • Museo Nacional del Prado: Open

  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: Tourists from United Kingdom are able to visit Spain's national parks, including: Sierra Nevada National Park, Timanfaya National Park, Teide National Park and Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. The beaches in Spain are open for Brits and locals to enjoy. Some shores that are recommended for Britons include: Playa de Gandia, Playa de L'Ahuir, Playa de Monsul, Playa de Bolonia, Playa de Rompeculos, Playa de sa Boadella and Playa de Ondarreta. All British visitors must wear a mask when arriving, leaving and walking around the beach – shower and toilet facilities may be closed.
  • Shopping centres and stores: Shopping centres and retail outlets are open for travellers from United Kingdom to visit but a face mask must be worn at all times.
    • Puerto Marina Shopping: Open
    • Centro Comercial Principe Pio:Open
    • Banus Marina Mall: Open
    • Moda Shopping: Open
    • Aguilas Plaza Shopping Centre: Open
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Restaurants and cafes are open for business to British travellers; however, local COVID-19 rules require a mask to be worn at all times unless you are eating or drinking. The government asks tourists from United Kingdom to book a table ahead of time as venues are running at a smaller capacity – one table can host up to four diners and six are allowed outside of Andalusia.

Can I cruise to or around Spain?

At this point in time, Brits cannot cruise to Spain.

What are the entry requirements for Spain coming from United Kingdom?

Do I need a permit to enter Spain?

Yes, all travellers from United Kingdom need to complete the Spain Travel Health Form – the only exception to filling out this form is for travellers who are transiting through Spain to another destination without leaving the airport (transit must be less than 24 hours).

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

Currently, British travellers don’t need to show proof of a vaccination to enter Spain.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Spain?

No, only British travellers who are arriving from the following countries have to provide an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT).

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Columbia
  • Denmark (excluding Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece

  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mozambique
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (excluding Nordland and Troms og Finnmark areas)

  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Union of Comoros
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
This form requires all Britons to submit a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR or another molecular test with the same level of reliability including TMA or RT-LAMP) test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Spain?

No, British travellers don't need to quarantine in Spain unless you're arriving from one of the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique

  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Union of Comoros
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
In the instance that the British traveller has arrived from one of these 12 countries, they will have to quarantine for 10 days – visitors can get retested on day 7, and if a negative result returns, they are free to leave isolation.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from United Kingdom to Spain:

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