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UK's Foreign Office updates travel advice to Spain

Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph.
Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • It comes after Spain announced they will continue restricting passenger travel from the UK (by air and sea) until 19 January because of the Covid-19 pandemic

The UK's Foreign Office has updated their guidance on restrictions to passenger travel to Spain in the wake on the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

An update was issued on 1 January after Spain announced they will be extending their restrictions on passenger travel from the UK (by air and sea) for a further two weeks until 19 January - with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain. This includes flights from the UK to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice warns that, “If you are resident in Spain, you should carry your residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as your valid passport when you travel. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that whilst these restrictions are in place only those residents who can prove their status as residents through the green paper EU residence certificate or the TIE card may enter Spain.

“Additionally, all passengers (excluding children under the age of 6 years old) travelling to Spanish airports from ‘risk’ countries, as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control are required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

The updated advice continues, “While TMA and LAMP tests are not currently widely available in the UK, you should refer to testing facilities directly for information on the types of tests available to you, prior to booking an appointment. The UK is currently on the ‘risk’ countries list and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement.

Test

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test and should confirm with the testing facility the type of tests available prior to booking an appointment.

You will also be subject to the additional three requirements at the point of entry. It is mandatory for all passengers travelling by air or sea to Spain to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with:

• Contact information

• Details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19, and

• Confirmation that you are able to provide evidence (electronically or hardcopy) that you have undertaken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and have tested negative for COVID-19.

You can do this on the Spanish government website. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.

• Temperature check

• Undergo a visual health assessment

Overland travellers to Spain are exempt from the above mentioned entry requirements and are therefore not currently required to present a PCR, TMA or LAMP test, or Health Control Form on entry by road or rail.