The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Spain to reflect the country’s new pre-travel Covid testing requirements.
Spain’s health ministry last week confirmed all arrivals from high Covid-risk countries, which currently include the UK, would be required to provide evidence of a negative Covid PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival, starting next Monday (23 November).
The new advice also takes account of the Canary Islands’ government requiring arrivals to produce evidence of a negative Covid test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival when checking into tourist accommodation, and to download and activate the Radar Covid tracking app during their stay and for 15 days after their return home.
The new rules in the Canaries came into force on Saturday (14 November). It is unclear whether Spain’s national measures coming into force next Monday will supersede the rules in the Canaries.
"From 23 November, all passengers travelling to Spanish airports and ports from ‘risk’ countries, as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival," said the FCDO.
"The UK is currently on the ‘risk’ countries list, and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement."
With England and several other parts of the UK currently in a state of national lockdown until 2 December, travel isn’t currently permitted.
However, if England’s lockdown is lifted from 3 December as currently planned, winter sun seekers could take advantage of the Westminster government’s Canaries travel corridor.
The FCDO also confirmed visitors would be subject to additional requirements upon arrival in Spain.
These include filling out an online health control form 48 hours prior to arrival, and submitting to any temperature checks or visual assessments for Covid on arrival.