Spain and Portugal still have strict travel and entry rules for summer holidays


UK travelers going to Spain and Portugal will still face Covid restrictions this summer when they go off on holiday.

Both countries have strict pandemic rules despite some measures – like wearing masks in Spain – being dropped.

Holidaymakers should plan ahead as there will be some necessary tasks and documents to get in order.

Although more travel restrictions are being eased around the world, there are still rules to follow lest you get refused entry on arrival.

For example, you’ll be turned away from Spain without proof of vaccination or a Covid recovery certificate.

We’ve outlined the current travel guidelines for Spain and Portugal here, but Brits are advised to check the rules in place at the time of their holidays for smooth sailing.

Portugal’s travel rules



A passenger locator form is still required under Portugal’s Covid rules

documents

All tourists going to Portugal need two important things:

  • European Digital Covid Certificate
  • Valid proof of full vaccination, at least 14 days and no more than 270 days prior to travel
  • Passenger Locator Form

If you’ve tested positive Covid in the last year, you can enter mainland Portugal with a recovery certificate showing you recovered from the virus no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days before you travel. You will not need to take a test.

There are three forms depending where in the country you’re headed – one for mainland Portugal, another for the Azores, and one for Madeira and Porto Santo.

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testing

For mainland Portugal, fully vaccinated people can enter without needing to test.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or a rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry) when you check in for your flight.

vaccinations

The UK Foreign Office advises holidaymakers that in order to qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must have a vaccination certificate which shows you have had either:

  • A full course, as described below, of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before you arrive, or
  • A full course of a vaccine, as described below, plus a booster vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before you arrive

You’ll be considered fully vaccinated if you have had:

  • Both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or a combination of two different vaccines, or
  • An approved one-dose vaccine, or
  • A full course of a vaccine, plus a booster vaccine, or
  • If you caught Covid after just one dose of a 2-dose vaccine and your certificate shows that your vaccination course is complete after the administration of just one dose of the vaccine.

Find more information on the Visit Portugal website.

Spain’s travel rules



Panoramic view over the harbor and beach of the beautiful Majorcian resort town of Puerto de Soller.
British tourists could be refused entry into Spain without the proper documents

documents

The UK Foreign Office says that if you’re traveling to Spain for tourism purposes, you must show valid proof of one of the following:

  • Being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified).

  • Having recovered from coronavirus in the last six months (180 days). You can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to provide your Covid status on entry to Spain.

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If you don’t have an EU Digital Covid Certificate or an equivalent, you must complete a health form before departure which is available on the Spanish travel website or the Spain Travel Health app.

You’ll then be sent a QR code to show before boarding the plane and on arrival in the county.

Children over the age of 12 are currently permitted to enter Spain only if they just have a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

testing

People who are fully vaccinated won’t need to test.

Tough luck if you’re not vaccinated – or haven’t recovered from the virus – as the Spanish government will refuse you entry.

vaccinations

To be deemed fully vaccinated, tourists’ vaccination certificate must show:

  • A full course, as described below, of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency or World Health Organization, at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before you arrive (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), or
  • A full course of a vaccine, as described below, plus a booster vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency – booster jabs can be administered at any time prior to travel to Spain.

You’ll be considered fully vaccinated if you have had:

  • Both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or
  • One dose of a single-dose vaccine, or
  • A full course of a vaccine, plus a booster vaccine

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

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