Latest travel rules for Spain, Canary Islands and Balearics ahead of summer holiday season



Spanish holidays to destinations including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands are on the cards for many Brits this year. Although, coronavirus restrictions are still in place for Brits jetting off abroad.

Companies such as TUI, Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways are all offering holiday and flight deals in the holiday hotspots. And, they are available whether you are planning on jetting off for the May bank holiday, half term or the summer holidays.

For those of you who are not restricted to the school holidays, offers are available for May, June and July. Spain and the islands offer up some hot and sunny weather in these months, reports the Mirror .

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Although the majority of coronavirus restrictions in the UK are a thing of the past you may be met with some as you travel overseas. In recent weeks, the Spanish authorities have sparked confusion after they announced unvaccinated Brits could enter with a Covid test, only to U-turn on the decision hours later due to a misunderstanding.

So, what are the latest travel rules for Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics? We take a look at the entry requirements for Brits below.

Spain entry requirements

If you want to visit Spain, you’ll need to show proof of either being fully vaccinated or having recently recovered from Covid. To be considered as fully vaccinated you’ll need to have completed a full vaccination course at least 14 days before travel. If you completed this over 270 days (nine months) before traveling to Spain, you’ll need a booster jab to qualify as fully vaccinated.

Although the rules apply to anyone aged 12 or over, Spain has eased its restrictions for unvaccinated teens, aged 12 to 17, who can visit if they have proof of a negative Covid test taken before travel.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to fill out a pre-travel health form. However, travelers entering with proof of Covid recovery, or unvaccinated teens aged 12 to 17 will need to fill out a pre-travel online form, which must be completed no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain.

Currently, unvaccinated Brits will not be able to enter for holidays unless they can show proof of recovery.

As for local Covid rules, Spain recently relaxed its face mask rules meaning you’ll no longer be required to wear these at indoor venues such as restaurants and bars. The country has already axed a requirement to wear face coverings outdoors.

Canary Islands travel rules

The Canaries’ rules are similar to those of Spain; you need to be fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery to visit. Again, unvaccinated teens aged 12 to 17 can visit provided they have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours before travel.

You may also be required to show proof of a negative Covid test for your accommodation – check with your tour operator or travel agent. All travelers will need to fill out a pre-travel online form before visiting the Canaries.

If you’re traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office travel advice notes: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from. Check with your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.”

In a recent holiday boost for Brits, the Canaries have ended their local Covid restrictions, which included removing capacity limits for venues such as bars and restaurants, and once again allowing dancing in nightclubs.

Balearic Islands travel requirements

Travelers will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid if they want to enter the Balearics for holidays. According to the Balearics Tourism Board website, proof of recent recovery or a negative Covid test will not be accepted for travelers arriving from the UK. You can find out more on the tourism board website .

Anyone entering the Balearic Islands will need to fill out a pre-travel health check form online. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.

If you are traveling to the islands from Spain, the Foreign Office travel advice notes: “To travel to the Canary or Balearic islands from mainland Spain, you may need to show a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from. Check with your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.”

Travel restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the Foreign Office’s latest Spain travel advice which covers mainland Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics, before booking or going on a trip.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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