Spain EXTENDS Covid rules over Easter holidays in blow for sun-seeking Brits

It had been hoped that entry requirements would be lifted at the end of March, but in the end they will cover the Easter break

Pictured is the Ibiza Island in Spain

Sun-seeking Brits have been dealing a blos as Spain has extended its Covid entry rules ahead of the big Easter holidays getaway.

It had been hoped that entry requirements would be lifted at the end of March, but the rules mean that only people who are fully vaccinated, or who have a valid test for active infection or recovery, can enter the popular holiday destination until April 30.

The rules from the Spanish Government say that, for fully vaccinated travellers, the last dose of the covid jab must have been administered in the past 270 days – which is just under nine months.

They also also state that, to be classed as fully vaccinated, 14 days must have been passed since the jab was received.

A crowded beach in Valencia



Unvaccinated travelers will have to provide a certificate proving they have had covid in the past 180 days, which is six months.

Alternatively, Spain is also accepting a negative covid test to enter the country. For PCR tests, these must have been taken in the 72 hours prior to entering Spain and, for LFT, these must have been taken in the 24 hours prior to entering Spain.

The Spanish Ministry of Health also requires that travelers must also fill in a Health Control Form. Those aged under 12 do not need to provide a covid certificate, but still need to fill out the Health Control Form.

A statement from the ministry reads, according to the Daily Mail: ‘If you come from a country at risk in relation to coronavirus, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection or recovery from COVID-19.”

Playa de la Malagueta beach with high-rise apartment buildings, Malaga



It states on the Spain Travel Health website: “The certificate may contain one or more of the following documents attesting to the fact that a person:

  • You have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with a complete schedule or booster dose. In the case of a complete vaccination schedule, you should check the validity periods: from 1 February 2022, this certificate will be valid from 14 days after the administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule and will be valid up to 270 days from the administration of this last dose. Thereafter, in order to be valid, the vaccination certificate must reflect the administration of a booster dose. These certificates will be considered valid from the day the booster dose is administered.
  • A diagnostic test (sample collection) has been performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain for NAAT (nucleic acid amplification tests, eg RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) / 24 hours for RAT (rapid antigen test), the result of which has been negative.
  • A person is considered to have recovered from COVID-19, after the disease has passed, provided that more than 11 days have elapsed since the first positive NAAT or RAT (carried out as from 01 October 2021) was performed, and this recovery shall be valid for 180 days thereafter.

You can find more information about traveling to Spain on the UK’s Foreign Office website.

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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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