Holidays: Spain 'loves British people' says Foreign Minister
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Britons have been given the go-ahead to visit Spain for “non-essential” purposes including leisure holidays. However, the UK Government maintains the nation’s place on the “amber list” with travellers required to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK.
Despite this, Spain is allowing British travellers to enter as of today without the need for a vaccine or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.
Following the latest travel decision from Spain, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice page.
In its most recent update, the FCDO explains: “New information on changes to entry requirements for Spain if you are travelling from the UK from May 24 onwards.
“No changes have been made to the level of our travel advice for any regions of Spain.
“We continue to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, but excluding the Canary Islands.”
The advice continues: “From 00:00 on 24 May, current entry restrictions and testing requirements for arrivals from the UK to Spain will no longer apply.
“However, travellers from the UK should be prepared to present evidence of a negative test if they have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk countries’ in the 14 days prior to travel.”
At the time of writing, just 12 countries or regions outside of the European Union are exempted from vaccine and COVID-19 testing requirements.
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Alongside the UK, this includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
All passengers entering Spain will also be required to fill out a pre-travel declaration form.
“Before travel to Spain, all passengers travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel declaring any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and giving contact details,” explains the travel authority.
The form can be downloaded and completed electronically via the Spain Travel Health website or corresponding app.
Travellers also have the option of submitting the form in paper format prior to boarding their flight.
Upon arrival in Spain, travellers may also be subject to a health check by authorities.
This is likely to include a temperature check as well as a visual health check.
The FCDO adds: “Quarantine and testing on return to the UK continues to apply.”
Those travelling from “risk” countries, or who have been in a “risk” country within the previous 14 days, will be required to “present a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP swab test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
The FCDO warns: “A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spanish airports or ports from ‘risk’ countries without adequate evidence of a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test.”
While Spain is allowing Britons to visit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reminded travellers to be cautious about choosing to fly to “amber” destinations.
Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s very important for people to grasp what an amber list country is: it is not somewhere where you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.
“And if people do go to an amber list country, they absolutely have to for some pressing family or urgent business reason, then please bear in mind that you will have to self-isolate, you’ll have to take tests and do your passenger locator form and all the rest of it.”
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