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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for Spain as Covid change confuses holidays

With mid-term fast approaching, a number of London-based families may be eager to head out on a winter vacation in sunny Spain.

In order to travel to the popular holiday destination, it is essential that we are all aware of the latest travel rules and restrictions for the country we are heading to.

A recent change to travel restrictions for UK travelers to Spain has recently been introduced and you may want to familiarize yourself with it before you start packing your bags.

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The rule change went into effect on February 1

The Spanish government has now said travelers must produce a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before departure.

Previously, the rule was that incoming tourists had 48 hours to take the test – that timeframe has now been halved.

The Spanish government said: “As of today [February 1] only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours before arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now. “

This new rule came into effect on Tuesday February 1, although travelers still have 72 hours to take a PCR test before flying.

If you are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to be tested or quarantined, whatever the reason for your trip.

Your vaccination status must meet the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities.



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From February 1, at least 14 days must have passed from full vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before arrival in Spain.

Under current Spanish government measures, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourist purposes if you can present valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements set out above.

If you are traveling to Spain for tourist purposes, you cannot use the UK proof of Covid-19 recovery record certifying that you have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months.

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