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Travel to Costa del Sol & Andalucia, Spain

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The question of travel to Andalucia

Travel to Costa del Sol & Andalucia, Spain

Updated: 14-10-2021

Travel requirements

Travel to Spain from UK
British tourist travelling to Spain (since 01-07-2020) need to present Certificate of Vaccination (UK, EU, USA) OR a Certificate of negative Covid-19 diagnostic test (PCR or Antigen carried out within 48 hours before arrival in Spain) OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate. These certificates should be uploaded to the obligitory health entry form found at www.spth.gob.es or the SpTH App, to obtain a QR code to be shown upon entry. Read UK government’s information of the entry rules currently in place. Read Spanish Government Health Ministry page (in English ) on travelling to Spain.

The above Spain entry requiremebt apply to air and sea ports and not to land crossings.

By sea (ferries) App through the web https://spthm.puertos.es/ Will open in a new window Check, in order to fill in the Health Control Form, if your country of departure is on the list of risk countries/areas .

Passengers in international transit are exempt from health control, however, they must also obtain a QR code from the App.

From 1 January 2021 international tourists in Andalucia will be covered by a Covid health insurance arranged and paid for by the regional government Junta de Andalucia.  The insurance will cover any circumstances relating to Covid such as medical and surgical and hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, additional accommodation cost for isolation plus repatriation if necessary. The maximum claim is 4.000€ and the policy excess is 100€. The plan was first announced by Juan Marin, Tourism councillor back in September and more details were announced by Antonio Martin Machuca, Marketing Director for Andalucia on 9th Nov at the annual World Travel Market online conference and in paid online and printed advertising in December. The insurance policy covers tourists who are NOT resident in Spain of any age, staying in a regulated property; Hotel, Tourist Apartment, Apartment, Pension, Casa Rural or Camping. This does NOT include a holiday rental property (whether registered or not) or staying in own or friends residence. Tourists were at first required to complete and sign an insurance form at the accommodation check-in, but this requiement was dropped.

What must I do when in Andalucia?

It is obligatory to wear a face-mask in all transport, airports, bus, taxi, and shops. Outside is is not obligitory but recommented and most public do. In all places on must carry a mask to wear in the event that social distancing can not be maintained.

Travel to UK from Spain
Fully vaccinated (two doses from UK, NHS or EU or USA plus 14 days) travellers arriving in UK from Spain (and other non red list countries) need a PCR tests certificate before boarding and book a lateral flow test pack for day two after their arrival in UK. A government travel locator form must also be completed.

09-07-2021 The UK Foreign Office has removed its travel advisary warning for Spain and more than 20 countries against all non-essential travel. “The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Spain, based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks” Source. This means that standard travel insurance policies are no longer invalidated, and package holidays can go ahead.

Travel to USA
The USA has said (14-10-21) it will open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 33 countries on 8th November 2021. A negative test taken 72 hours before departure will still be required. The list of 33 countries includes Spain and all 26 Schengen counties and the UK and Ireland.

Read our 'What can I do an not do in Andalucia page.

Read the latest updates on our Coronavirus in Andalucia page.



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