Spain is preparing to welcome back unvaccinated travelers from non-EU countries in the coming days – meaning Britons who have not received all or some of their Covid-19 vaccinations will soon be able to visit the country.
While fully vaccinated travelers have been able to visit Spain without having to quarantine on arrival or even take a Covid test – provided they have a valid Covid passport showing they have been bitten – stricter regulations have been in place for some time for non-vaccinated British travelers entering the country, often preventing them from holidaying in mainland Spain or the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, The Mirror reported.
Currently, if you wish to visit Spain from the UK you must either be fully vaccinated or provide proof that you have had – and fully recovered from – Covid-19 within six months of the date you wish to travel. Permission to enter Spain without any of these items is very difficult to obtain, although exceptions have been made for unvaccinated young people aged 12 to 17 who have been permitted entry into Spain if they can produce a negative PCR test, given within 72 days hours prior to travel, or proof of Covid recovery.
Continue reading: Entry requirements for Spain, vaccinations and booster shots, passport validity and new drinking rules explained
But now the country is preparing to open up to unvaccinated travelers from non-EU countries, Spain’s Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto confirmed. Ms Maroto spoke to Spanish radio station Onda Cero to explain that unvaccinated travelers will soon be able to visit Spain – but they must have a negative Covid test.
While the restriction banning unvaccinated travelers from entering Spain is set to be lifted, various rules and regulations still apply in Spain. Among them, UK passport holders have to meet strict requirements – and some areas have rules and regulations on how much alcohol can be consumed in Spain.
British passport validity rules in Spain
Detailed information on the current entry requirements, passport validity rules and drinking rules for Spain can be found here.
Every UK passport has an expiry date. Typically, an under-18 passport is valid for five years and an over-18 passport is valid for 10 years. But depending on how many months your passport had left when you renewed it, some people’s passports have an expiry date a little later than 10 years from the date of issue. But unfortunately these “extra months” are not always valid.
According to the UK Foreign Office, people traveling to Spain must have a passport that:
- issued less than 10 years before your entry (see “Date of issue”)
- valid for at least 3 months after the day of your planned departure (check the “expiration date”)
“You must check that your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiration date,” the Foreign Office website explains.
UK visa requirements for Spain after Brexit
You can travel to Spain – and other countries in the “Schengen area” – for a holiday or to visit friends and family, or to attend a business meeting, cultural event or sporting event, or for short-term study or training for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.
If you plan to travel to Spain or another Schengen country for more than 90 days, you must apply for a visa. You also need a visa if you plan to work or study in Spain for more than 90 days.
Drinking rules in Spain
The Balearic Government, the government of the Spanish Balearic Islands (Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza), has introduced new drinking rules to combat excessive alcohol consumption in the islands. In certain areas of the islands, holidaymakers on all-inclusive holidays have a maximum limit on the daily consumption of alcoholic beverages – and shops are only allowed to sell alcohol at certain times.
Explaining the new alcohol limit said to have been introduced during the pandemic, Thomas Cook said: “Please note that the Balearic Islands Government has issued a decree imposing a new restriction on all-inclusive meals. There is a maximum of six alcoholic beverages per person per day that can be served, and these beverages are only provided at lunch and dinner (three each).
“Please note that a new all-inclusive restriction is in place in Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.”
Drinking limits are not currently in place at any resort other than those listed above. However, these resorts have other restrictions in place, including a ban on alcohol sales in shops between 9:30pm and 8am, and some areas are no longer allowed to advertise “party boats” or offer discounted drinks deals.