The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) publishes updated advice for Britons who wish to travel abroad or who are currently abroad. On September 22, FCDO made its last update to its travel advice pages for Spain.
This test must have been carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain and have a negative result.
Fully vaccinated travelers must have received their second dose of the vaccine 14 days before arriving in Spain with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.
Spain is currently accepting the UK COVID-19 vaccination record.
However, the FCDO cautions: “Your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.”
All passengers, including children under 12, must also complete and sign an online health check form no later than 48 hours before travel.
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What are the latest travel rules for UK arrivals visiting the Canaries or Balearic Islands?
The same screening and vaccination rules apply to people visiting the Spanish archipelagos as those visiting mainland Spain.
Travelers will also need to complete a Spanish online health check form no later than 48 hours before travel.
Rules vary, however, for those flying to any of the archipelagos from mainland Spain.
FCDO explains: âIf you are traveling to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may need to present a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from.
What are the rules for Brits returning to the UK?
The UK travel system is expected to undergo two major transitions in the coming month.
However, until October 4, the current system of traffic lights for travel applies.
Spain and its archipelagos are currently classified in the amber category in this system.
This means that fully vaccinated arrivals can bypass quarantine upon entering the UK.
They must take a test before departure, as well as book and pay for a PCR test to be taken on the second day of their arrival.
The reference code associated with this test should be included on the UK passenger locator form to be completed prior to departure.
Unvaccinated travelers still face 10 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the UK.
In addition to a pre-departure and day two PCR test, they must also take a PCR test on the eighth day of their self-isolation period.
Details of these tests should be included on their passenger tracing form.
From October 4, the Amber and Green Lists will be combined into a single list.
Pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated people flying into the UK will also be phased out.
The government has announced new plans to change the specifications of the second-day test for fully vaccinated passengers.
According to Gov.uk: âFrom the end of October, fully vaccinated eligible passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a selected group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day two test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing thus the cost of the tests on arrival in England.
“The government wants to introduce this by the end of October, with the aim of putting it in place when people return from vacation halfway through.”