Travelling to Spain

Travelling to Spain in 2021

** Should you have any questions that are not addressed below, we strong recommend that you immediately contact your airline prior to travelling.

Important information regarding travelling to Spain 2021. If you’re travelling to Spain, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Check your passport’s issue and expiry dates for travel to Europe

Do it before you travel !!

You should have at least 6 months left on your UK passport and it needs to be less than 10 years old, or you may not be able to travel. 

Before travelling, we also strongly recommend that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

All passengers arriving in Spain must complete a Locator Form providing contact details and any history of contact with COVID-19.  This form can be completed on-line via the Spain Travel website or App Further health checks apply at points of entry to Spain, including temperature checks.

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

Spain have announced they will be restricting passenger travel from the UK (by air and sea) from 22 December 2020 until 6pm (GMT+1) on 19 January 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.

International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is not permitted. This includes flights from the UK to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. If you were due to travel, or transit through, Spain, please contact your travel operator before departure.

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 authorities have not confirmed whether other documents are being accepted as sufficient proof of residence to enable entry to Spain. We strongly advise that you contact your airline before travelling to confirm your proof of residency meets the requirements of your airline.

If you are in a vulnerable situation and urgently need to travel to Spain, contact us via the enquiry form for the British Consulate in Spain

See Additional Requirements for UK Nationals resident in Spain for further information.

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. See Entry requirements for further details.

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.

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 3 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 Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. 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.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.