After being caught off guard by a quick reopening elsewhere, Spain has modified its Covid-19 admission restrictions.
From February 14th, UK children and teenagers aged 12 to 17 can present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain in lieu of being completely vaccinated.
All other UK visitors, with the exception of minors under the age of 12, must have a Covid-19 certificate proving full vaccination, administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.
If it’s been more than 270 days since the last dose, you’ll need to show confirmation of a booster shot.
All travellers must additionally provide a QR code obtained by filling out the Health Control Form available through Spain Travel Health before to travelling to Spain.
This new entry criteria applies to all travellers (unless excluded) arriving in Spain from outside the European Union, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.
Reyes Maroto, Spain’s minister of trade, industry, and tourism, said: “As one of the world’s favourite tourism destinations, we are committed to making travel to Spain a safe and easy experience for our visitors, especially for families travelling with children.
“We hope that with these changes, many families will choose Spain to enjoy safe and memorable holidays together.”
To enter the country, anyone over the age of 12 must be double-jabbed.
The rapid rule change follows allegations that Spain was losing visitors to competitor locations due to complicated rules that prevented families from travelling together.
The travel industry in the United Kingdom has reacted positively to the news.
Jet2.com’s chief executive, Steve Heapy, said: “This is very welcome news for families who want nothing more than to holiday in their favourite Spanish destinations.
“We are pleased to see the Spanish government taking positive action to welcome more arrivals from the UK and we know that this will lead to an increase in bookings.”
He added: “The removal of the requirement for 12–17-year-olds to be double-vaccinated tells families that travelling to Spain is returning to normal, and after two years of missing out we know how much everyone wants to experience that famous Spanish sunshine again.
“Our teams and colleagues are excited about welcoming millions of happy holidaymakers to their favourite Spanish destinations this year, and we look forward to more positive updates from the Spanish government.”
The ABTA was likewise pleased with the improvement.
According to a representative, “This, along with the UK also relaxing its travel requirements, means it is getting easier for people to set off on their long-awaited holidays abroad.
“With two thirds of families saying their holidays are more important to them now than before the pandemic, the latest changes should give more people confidence to book their much-missed foreign holiday and many are expected to enlist the help of a travel agent or tour operator to do so.”
– India’s new age travel digital media