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Is Spain On The ‘Green List’? Travel Rules From The UK

Is Spain On The ‘Green List’? Travel Rules From The UK

The United Kingdom Government announced that as of October 4 it will abolish the traffic light that used to color-code the risk of coronavirus in different countries.

The decision means that Spain no longer qualifies as a yellow country, and British travelers returning to the UK will no longer be required to present a negative PCR upon return to the country if they have completed the vaccination regimen.

In this article, we would like to tell you all about these new restrictions in case you are planning your next visit to Spain.

What is on the ‘green list’ for travel?

The UK has established its epidemiological traffic light against COVID-19. The list of countries that are classified as green, yellow, or red to advise or discourage British citizens from traveling to these foreign destinations, free of PCR testing and lengthy home quarantines.

Passengers returning from countries on the green list will not have to undergo quarantine but will have to undergo a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR on day 2 after landing on UK soil.

Which countries will be on the green list?

The UK removed the green and amber categories from its travel traffic light on November 8th, 2021, meaning that travelers from any other destination must undergo a single coronavirus test upon arrival in the UK if they are vaccinated.

Now there is only a red category. The UK government announced that it will reduce its red list of coronavirus risk territories to seven countries: Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Haiti, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.

Rules for travelling to Spain

The red, amber, and green traffic light system is being scrapped.

But these are the requirements that must be present either for everyone aged 12 or over arriving in Spain from the UK:

  • A negative Covid-19 PCR test was taken within 72 hours of traveling.
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel
  • The NHS Covid Pass can be used as evidence of vaccination status if you are traveling from England or Wales.
  • If you live in Scotland, you can download a QR code or request an NHS letter. There is a similar Covid certificate for Northern Ireland residents.
  • In addition, you must complete a health control form no more than 48 hours before traveling to Spain by air or sea.
  • A negative Covid test (PCR or lateral flow), proof of vaccination, or proof of Covid-recovery may be required to cross the French border into Spain.

The French government changed requirements for those transiting through France. If you are planning to drive to Spain, check the latest FCDO travel advice for France.

If traveling via Gibraltar, check the latest Foreign Office travel advice.

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Barcelona Travel Restrictions

The government’s UK traffic light system applies to Spain as a country, and of course, that’s included Barcelona. But Spanish regions may impose their own local restrictions, such as overnight curfews, limits on gatherings, or on the number of people allowed at beaches or other public areas. You should check here the Restrictions throughout Catalonia (COVID-19).

  • Across Spain, you need to observe the following rules:
  • Wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces (and crowded outdoor spaces) – applies to anyone aged 6 or over
  • Maintain a social distance of 1.5 m (5ft)
  • Follow any Covid safety measures put in place in hotels, bars, shops, or restaurants

The Foreign Office has specific healthcare guidance for UK nationals visiting Spain.


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