Will the rules of travel to Spain change?

Spain has extended its strict Covid border regulations until June 15.Citizens of the United Kingdom who have not received a coronavirus injection can now travel to Spain showing a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival. The rules will remain the same for travellers from countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area, and for visitors from third countries, such as the United Kingdom. A vaccination certificate is considered valid upon entry into Spain only if it proves that the holder completed the vaccination within the last nine months or received a booster vaccine. On the other hand, travellers from third countries are only allowed entry if they present a vaccination or recovery certificate upon arrival.

Spain Travellers from Bahrain, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar and Uruguay now face stricter entry restrictions when entering Spain, as they have been removed from the latter country's list of “safe third countries”. Travellers in transit are not required to present the COVID-19 certificates or the health control form, as long as they do not leave the airport and do not stay in Spain for more than 24 hours. According to travelers from third countries, only those who have a certificate showing that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last 270 days with a vaccine approved by the EMA or WHO, as well as those who have a certificate showing that they have recovered from the virus, are eligible to enter the country. However, since Bahrain, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar and Uruguay are no longer on the safe list, travelers from these areas must now present a valid vaccination certificate.

In addition, the requirement to wear a mask also remains mandatory for those who use all means of public transport, as well as for those who travel by air. Travellers from the United Kingdom over the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus and who are included in the list of exemptions can also travel to Spain, provided they have a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers who can present one of the above passes are exempt from additional rules. The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said the relaxation of the rules was great news, as Spain is the most popular summer vacation destination for Britons.

Tourists traveling to the UK will not have to be tested for Covid-19 before travel or after arrival, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not. Spain has today started to open its borders with Morocco, after the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, signed last week a ministerial order modifying the order on border restrictions due to COVID-19.According to Spain's official tourism website, Travel Safe, all UK travellers must present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate in order to enter Spain. Spain The Spanish authorities have announced that the current entry rules that the country applies to incoming travelers will be extended. In this case, the transit must last less than 24 hours and passengers are not allowed to leave the airport premises.

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