Spain travel rules have changed today – impacting February half term holidays

During the long winter, many of us are missing the sunshine.

But if you’re thinking of booking a trip to Spain, you should be aware that travel rules have recently changed.

To enter the Mediterranean country, Brits must be able to prove they are vaccinated.

They need to have had their coronavirus jabs within the last 270 days – and a booster if the second dose was more than nine months ago.

Regulations also state that you need to be boosted more than two weeks before jetting off.

Unlike previous guidelines, you can no longer use a negative Covid test or proof of recovery to get into Spain.

These rule changes could impact British holidaymakers who have booked to fly during February half term.

It is also likely to affect families as kids aged between 12 and 17 – who must be fully vaccinated too.

As with all travel during the pandemic, there's a chance guidelines will change again too.

The gov.uk website warns: "Public health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 remain in force across Spain and may vary between regions.

"New rules may be brought in at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. If you’re planning travel to Spain.

"If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

"Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money, understand what your insurance will cover, can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned."

Social distancing and face mask measures are also in place across Spain.

Brits are also asked to abide by health and safety measures in hotels, bars, shops and restaurants that they visit.

It's worth noting that different regions have varying rules too – as shown below.

Murcia

Covid restrictions are in place until February 4.

Nightclub capacities have been reduced – and non essential businesses must close between 1am and 6am.

As well as this, dancing has reportedly been banned.

There's also a rule of 10 inside, which rises to 12 when socialising outdoors.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma – as currently under Level 4 Covid restrictions.

Nightclub capacity has also been reduced and some tourists have to book slots when visiting the beach.

There is a rule of six indoors and spas and saunas are currently closed.

Balearic Islands

Rules in the Balearics are similar to the Canary Islands.

There's a Level 3 Covid let in Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Socialising is stricter here though – as just two people can sit together in restaurants.

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