Spain withdraws plan to reopen to unvaccinated Brits for the Easter holidays

An update to Spain’s travel rules issued by the country’s tourism board has rolled back news that unvaccinated Brits could enter over the Easter holidays

Holidaymakers on a beach in Tenerife with a view of the buildings behind
Spanish authorities have confirmed the rules for unvaccinated Britons are not changing just yet

Spanish authorities have rolled back their plans to welcome back unvaccinated Britons in time for the holidays Easter.

Spain’s Tourist Board announced yesterday that the country is reopening to unvaccinated British travelers who can prove a negative Covid test, with immediate effect.

Hours later, however, the authority apologized, saying the rules hadn’t changed for unvaccinated Brits hoping to enjoy Spain holidays. The confusion is believed to have arisen after a bulletin was misinterpreted.

Pedro Medina, deputy director of Spain’s Tourist Board in the UK, said: “We apologize unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”

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Under current travel regulations – which also apply to the Canary and Balearic Islands – anyone aged 12 and over can visit the country for tourism purposes if they are either fully vaccinated against Covid or can show a recent recovery from Covid.

(It’s worth noting that you must have completed your initial vaccination course within 270 days of arrival to be considered fully vaccinated, or you will need a booster shot.)

Unvaccinated teens aged 12 to 17 can visit, but only if they can provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel and are traveling with vaccinated adults.

However, one change went into effect this week.

Spain is currently open to Britons who are fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery from Covid


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While previously all travelers had to fill out a pre-travel form, this has been removed for children under 12 provided they have an EU Covid passport or the NHS Covid passport.

All other travelers must fill out a pre-travel form and receive a QR code to be scanned at border control.

Brits planning short breaks this summer have more and more options.

Where can I go on holiday from the UK now?

For the beginning, 14 destinations have scrapped Covid travel rules entirely including Iceland, Mexico and Madeira.

Meanwhile, a number of holiday hotspots including France, Greece and Portugal have relaxed their rules in recent months to welcome back British holidaymakers.

Most still require you to have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test – to help you we’ve summarized those latest travel rules for the most important holiday destinations including the rules applicable to the Easter holidays.

Are you planning a holiday abroad this summer or are travel regulations putting you off? Let us know in the comments below. Spain withdraws plan to reopen to unvaccinated Brits for the Easter holidays

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