Spain travel rules to change so unvaccinated children and teens can visit

Spain travel rules are set to change in the coming days so that unvaccinated children and teens can once again visit for holidays just in time for half term

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Spain holidays are about to get that little bit easier for families, as the country is set to ease travel rules meaning unvaccinated children and teenagers can once again visit.

Under Spain’s current travel rules, UK travellers need to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. However, this was causing a blocker for British families with children aged 12-17 who haven’t yet been double jabbed, as they couldn’t visit under the new rules.

Now, unvaccinated children aged 12-17 from the UK will be allowed into Spain from Monday, if they present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, Spain’s Secretary of State for tourism Fernando Valdés has told the BBC.

Some families had already cancelled half term holidays to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands because their children had not yet had their second jab.

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Spain will still require everyone aged 18 and over to prove they’ve had both jabs to enter the country.

With the UK’s latest travel changes, the country has become one of the holiday destinations Brits can visit without any Covid tests.

It’s also worth noting that Spain recently changed its rules around vaccination requirements, in line with other EU countries including France.

This means that to be considered double jabbed, your vaccination course needs to have been completed within 270 days – approximately nine months – before you travel. If your jabs were earlier than this, then you’ll be required to have a booster to qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’.

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Meanwhile, there continue to be local Covid rules in place throughout Spain. Currently face masks remain mandatory in outdoor spaces but these rules are set to be relaxed in time for the peak half term season.

Last week the Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, revealed in an interview that the face mask rules could be dropped in the coming weeks.

Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. If you are planning a holiday always check the Foreign Office’s latest Spain travel advice before booking or going on a trip as this will include important information such as entry rules and local restrictions.

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