Spain welcomes British travelers with no obligation to test negative PCR from Monday after the end of the state of emergency linked to Covid earlier this month.
While the change means holidaymakers from the North East can travel to the Orange List country, the UK government has strict rules in place, including home self-isolation with the return requirement for those arriving in England from amber countries like Spain.
Since the national state of emergency declared by the Spanish government on October 25, 2020 ended on May 9, restrictions between autonomous regions vary slightly.
Do you have to wear face masks in Spain?
Face masks should be worn in all public areas, indoors and outdoors, even if you are sunbathing on the beach. The only exceptions concern athletes and children under six.
Spain’s health department recently said masks would soon cease to be mandatory outdoors.
Are restaurants and bars open in Spain and what are the rules?
During the state of emergency that ended on May 9, strict curfews from 11:12 a.m. to 6 a.m. were in place.
Now there are no restrictions on when people are allowed to leave the house, except in Navarre and the region of Valencia, where it can remain in effect for the next month.
Restaurant rules vary considerably by region.
Bars and restaurants are open indoors and outdoors until 11 p.m. or 1 a.m. in all regions except the Balearic Islands, where only alfresco dining and drinks are allowed.
Some regions, such as Madrid and Andalusia, have no restrictions on the number of people who can meet to eat and drink.
In the Canary Islands the limit is 15, in Valencia 10, and in Catalonia and the Balearics – which includes Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca – is six.
Different regions have different restrictions on indoor capacity, which means some may lose in the rush to get a table in more popular locations.
What are the social distancing rules in Spain?
The social distancing rules in Spain are slightly different from those in the UK.
People are advised to stand 1.5 meters away from others when in public and to follow hygiene regimes similar to those in the UK.
What does our government say about holidays in Spain?
The UK government still strongly advises against non-essential travel to countries like Spain on its Orange List.
Business Minister and Conservative MP for Berwick Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News on Monday: “The Prime Minister has made it clear that, for now, amber means please don’t leave unless whether there is an urgent family reason, etc.
“Because we are always trying to move slowly on our roadmap to be able to open on June 21 and we want to do so on a regular and cautious basis. “
Do tourists to Spain have to take Covid tests and will people have to self-isolate when they return to the UK?
Spain does not require people arriving from the UK to prove they have a negative Covid-19 test, but the UK government does require anyone entering England from Spain – including returning holidaymakers – pass a test before departure before leaving Spain and two other tests. (one after two days and another after eight) back to England
They will also have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return home.
Those who have traveled to any of the destinations on the Spanish government’s ‘red countries’ list within the previous 10 days must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. They include Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany.
Do I have to have received my Covid-19 vaccines to enter Spain?
Currently, tourists do not need a “vaccination passport” to enter Spain, but they could be introduced soon.
The airline Easyjet, which offers flights to Spain, says: “For the moment, the ‘vaccine passports’ of Covid are still at the stage of ideas and do not officially exist. While it seems likely that they will appear in one form or another in the future, it is not possible to say when.
“When they do, it is almost certain that you will need it to travel to Spain. “
So, no, you don’t need to prove that you have been vaccinated to travel to Spain.
Can I take a Covid-19 test to prematurely end my self-isolation / quarantine?
It exists under the government’s Test to Release program. This allows people to take a private Covid-19 test five days after returning to England.
If the test is negative, you can stop the quarantine as soon as you get the result. If the test is positive, you must quarantine for an additional 10 days.