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Spain has made the decision to lift its ban on UK arrivals from March 30, 2021. The ban was initially put in place in December, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus strains.
However, since then the nation had decided the ban no longer needs to remain in place due to the UK’s progress with its vaccination rollout.
The news was initially announced at a press conference by Spanish government spokesperson Maria Jesus Montero.
Spain has also outlined plans to welcome back vaccinated Britons, with “vaccine passport” rules predicted to come into effect as soon as May 17.
In line with this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updates its travel advice page for Britons hoping to travel to the country n the future.
“From 6pm (GMT+1) on March 30, 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), passenger travel between the UK and Spain will resume, however, entry restrictions and testing requirements will remain in force,” explains the FCDO.
However, for now, strict rules will remain in place.
“ Only Spanish citizens, those who are legally resident in Spain or those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter Spain, will be allowed to enter the country,” the travel authority continues.
Permitted circumstances include the following:
- Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State, who are travelling onto said country.
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- Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals who are going to or returning from essential work.
- Transport personnel, seafarers and aeronautical personnel.
- Diplomatic, consular, international organisations, military, civil protection and members of humanitarian organisations.
- Students who carry out their studies in the Member States or Schengen Associated States and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they are travelling to the country where they are studying, and that entry occurs during the academic year or 15 days previous.
- Highly skilled essential workers whose work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events due to take place in Spain.
- People travelling for imperative family reasons who can demonstrate an essential need to travel.
The FCDO warns that all people entering Spain will need to provide “documentary evidence” of their status or reason for travel.
It adds: “You should be aware that you may be questioned on arrival by Spanish border authorities to ensure you meet the entry requirements.
“Spanish border authorities will only grant entry if they are satisfied that your journey to Spain is essential and reserve the right to deny passage.”
Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
Travellers hoping to return to the UK from Spain, or fly through Spain to get home will be allowed to do so.
The FCDO continues: “Travellers due to transit through Spain on return to the UK, are allowed to transit through Spanish airports.
“You should be prepared to show evidence of your connecting flight.
“Should your transit involve passing through Spanish border control into Spanish territory, you may be required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test.”
Upon arrival in the UK, travellers will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
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