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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: 21-09-2021

The Spanish government requires all arrivals by Air or Sea to Spain to present on entry a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those arriving in transit to other countries, must complete a Health Control Form before departure and obtain their QR to present it at boarding and at health controls on arrival in Spain:

By air: via the website https://spth.gob.es Will open in a new window or the Spain Travel Health -SpTH- application (Android, iOS).

By sea (ferries): 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

These certificates can be added to the SpTH application, during the process of obtaining the QR code.

If you come from a 'third country', you must first check if you can travel to Spain. Any third-country national will be subject to denial of entry unless they belong to one of the following categories:

  • Habitual residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican or San Marino. Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State
  • Students who carry out their studies in the Member States or Schengen Associated States and who have the corresponding permit or visa for long-term stay, provided that they go to the country where they are studying, and that the entry occurs during the academic year or previous 15 days.
  • Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events that take place in Spain. These circumstances must be justified documentary.
  • Persons traveling for duly accredited imperative family reasons.
  • People who travel for reasons of force majeure or need, or whose entry is allowed for humanitarian reasons, proving it documentary.

More info

More info on UK foreign office advice entry rules currently in place.

Read Spanish Government Health Ministry page (in English ) on travelling to Spain.

In detail:

  1. Passengers vaccinated with a complete regimen, with Any vaccine authorized for marketing by the European Union ( European Medicines Agency, EMA ) and WHO, at least 14 days before arriving in Spain, should not provide any additional diagnostic test. However, it is possible that they may subjected to a diagnostic test upon arrival if the health authority deems it necessary.
  2. Unvaccinated passengers must undergo a diagnostic test to enter Spain, within 48 hours before their arrival. The admitted tests will be:
    1. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), which detect the genetic material of the virus (eg PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR etc.)
    2. Rapid antigen detection tests (RAT), which detect the presence of virus antigens. The admitted tests are those authorized by the European Commission, which you can consult at the following link File pdf. Will open in a new window .
  3. Passengers recovered from COVID19 may present a certificate of recovery if more than 11 days have passed since the first positive NAAT test was performed. This certificate will be valid for 180 days from then on.
  4. Passengers who have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate in any of its three modalities (vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery) and incorporate it into SpTH during the process of obtaining the QR, will obtain a QR code FAST CONTROL that will lead to a much more agile health control upon arrival. For more information you can consult the website of the European Union (EU) 
  5. Passengers who do not have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, may also enter the data of their certificate in the application and will they will obtain a DOCUMENTARY CONTROL QR code. which will involve reviewing your certificate upon arrival.
  6. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from presenting the certificates described above, however they must have the QR code obtained after completing the health control form.

In compliance with Order SND/413/2021, as of 1 May, people whose country of origin of travel to Spain is the Republic of India, must remain in quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in Spain, or for the duration of their stay if it is shorter than that. This period may end earlier, if on the seventh day the person is tested for acute infection with negative results.

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), staying in own or friends residence. Tourists will complete and sign an insurance form at the accommodation check-in.


What must I do when in Andalucia?

It 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.

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

Return to UK

17-09-21 Travelling back to England, todays anouncement by Transport minister Grant Shapps. The international travel traffic light system is being simplified with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October. End of green and amber, and hello to RED and ROW - red-list and rest of the world.

Effective 4th October, PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England. Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will NOT need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country not on the red list. And later in October, UK would be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper, rapid lateral flow test. Pre-departure tests will not be needed if you’re double-jabbed.

08-07-2021 Grant Shapps has told MPs that fully vaccinated (two doses from UK NHS plus 14 days) UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations (including Spain) will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July at 04.00 hrs. They will, however, still need PCR tests before boarding and on day 2 after their return. Under-18s returning from amber list places would also be exempt from quarantine.

British tourist travelling to Spain (since 01-07-2020) need to present certificate of vaccination or certificate of negative Covid-19 test. Full details come under the rules that came into force on 07-06-2021 (see below) for those entering Spain by air or sea.

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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