As the summer holidays approach, many hopeful holidaymakers may be disappointed as Spain recently made a U-turn on its entry requirements.
Unvaccinated Irish people hoping to travel to Spain’s sunny shores could be left out of the bag after the massive error caused Spanish authorities to announce they would be allowing unvaccinated passengers to return from April 6.
They previously issued an EU-wide statement claiming anyone who didn’t have both jabs could enter Spain with only one negative Covid test.
However, they have since traced back and the Spanish Tourist Office announced that the guide was a communication error due to a “misunderstanding of the new entry regulations”.
And now only unvaccinated people between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter the country with just a Covid test.
But although Covid-19 restrictions are almost a thing of the past here, Irish tourists traveling to Spain will still be subject a set of requirements how they put on.
According to Spain Travel Health, to enter Spain, all passengers, regardless of their country of origin, must present an EU Digital Covid Certificate, a negative certificate of an active infection diagnostic test, or a certificate of recovery.
Children under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit are not required to present any of the above documents.
Passengers are also required to complete the SpTH health check form – by manually entering the details of their vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate.
However, your second dose must have been given within 270 days of your arrival in Spain.
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If not then you must have a refresher or you will not be allowed into the country.
And starting April 20, a major rule change will come into effect for travelers heading to the popular holiday destination.
The Spanish government will remove the obligation to wear face masks indoors, but it will remain in place on public transport.
Health Secretary Carolina Darias confirmed the changes ahead of the expected influx of tourists during the summer months.
Masks are still compulsory on public transport, in hospitals and nursing homes.
REDUCED PASS REDUCTION
For those who don’t have their passports ahead of their long-awaited holiday, the processing time for issuing new Irish passports will be cut by five days from next week.
The State Department’s Director of Passport Services confirmed today that the processing time will be reduced from 35 to 30 days from April 19.
Speaking of Today with Claire ByrneSiobhán Byrne said: “I am pleased to announce that starting next Tuesday we will be reducing the processing time to 30 days, which is good news for people applying for their babies and other first-time applicants.
“We’re reducing our processing time to 30 days and that’s because we produce more passports each day than we actually receive. We are a little ahead of the dates given in the system.”
Meanwhile, Irish tourists holidaying in Benidorm could be forced to spend more on their sun break if a new tourist tax occurs.
From next year, stays in Spain could become more expensive as the government in Valencia introduces an overnight stay fee.
The tax is levied on vacationers staying in various types of accommodation – hotels, campsites, hostels and country houses.
The tax could cost 50 cents per night for campsites or hostels, rising to €2 for each night in a four or five star hotel.
The tax is charged per person, which means that an Irish family of five staying in a hotel or apartment for two weeks could end up paying an additional €140 for their holiday.
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