Spain travel rules changing in February for Brits with new booster jab requirement

Spain travel rules changing in February for Brits with new booster jab requirement

Spain travel rules for UK holidaymakers are changing in February with a new booster jab requirement depending on when you received your Covid vaccination

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Travel rules for going to Spain? Everything you need to know

UK travellers heading on Spain holidays will need to take note of a new entry rule coming into force in February.

Currently, to enter Spain from the UK you must be fully vaccinated which means having received a full course of your vaccine at least 14 days before travel.

However from February 1, the date when you received your final dose is about to become even more important if you’re planning a holiday to Spain.

That’s because under the new rules, your final dose will need to have been administered within 270 days (approximately nine months) of your arrival in the holiday hotspot.

If your vaccination course falls outside of this – ie you received your dose more than nine months ago – then you will also be required to show proof that you have received a booster jab.

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The new rules will apply for all passengers who are aged 12 or over.

If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you won’t be able to enter Spain for tourism purposes. The country is also not accepting UK proof of Covid recovery for non-essential travel such as holidays.

This also means that unvaccinated children and teens who are older than 12 will not be able to visit for holidays, including over February half term.

As for other entry rules? As well as showing proof of your vaccination status, anyone aged 12 or over will need to fill out an online form within 48 hours before travel.

The new rules come into force from February 1


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According to data from Reuters, Spain’s coronavirus case numbers are currently falling, with the country at about 51% of its peak, reporting 987 infections per 100,000 people each day.

Spain is currently one of the countries open to UK travellers alongside the likes of France, Spain, Turkey, the USA and more.

Entry rules do differ depending on your destination of choice. For example there are some holiday spots where you don’t need Covid tests if you’re vaccinated – and in a couple of cases, travellers don’t require Covid tests at all.

Where can I go on holiday from the UK right now?

Trying to keep on top of what countries have which rules can feel somewhat overwhelming when you’re looking to book a holiday, so to offer a helping hand we’ve put together a guide to the latest travel rules for holiday hotspots across Europe.

You can find out more about the entry rules and other important information in the Foreign Office’s latest Spain travel advice.

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