Rules for Britons travelling to Spain as country remains on amber list

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Spain has remained on the amber list despite concerns about a rise in Covid cases in the country.

Infection numbers in Spain fell slightly in late August, putting an end to fears the country would be plunged onto the government red list.

Double-jabbed Britons can still travel to Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, without having to self isolate for 10 days.

It comes after the Spanish government tightened Covid restrictions due to an increase in Delta variant infections.

Night curfews were reintroduced in more than 30 towns in the Mediterranean region of Valencia, including in the city of Valencia and popular coastal destination of Benicassim.

So, if you want to travel to Spain, what are the rules? And what can we expect for the amber-plus list?

Here's everything you need to know:

Travellers arrive in Malaga on a flight from London (Getty Images)
Travellers arrive in Malaga on a flight from London (Getty Images)

What are the rules around travelling to an amber list country?

The government no longer recommends against travel to amber list countries following the easing of restrictions on July 19.

Will you have to wear a mask everywhere?

Masks are no longer required to be worn outdoors in public places but must still be used indoors or in crowded outdoor areas.

Only children and those playing sports are exempt from the mask rules. Spanish ministers have hinted that he guidance may soon be dropped completely.

Is there social distancing?

People are advised to keep 1.5m away from others while in public and encouraged to follow similar hygiene regimes as in the UK.

Will you have to quarantine if you travel to Spain?

Spain has officially lifted restrictions for UK travellers, with visitors no longer needing to take a PCR Covid-19 test.

Tourists who have received both vaccines will not have to quarantine on their return to the UK from Spain.

Everyone aged 12 or over arriving in Spain from the UK must present either:

  • a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travelling;

  • proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.

Unvaccinated people must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two and day eight with the option for “test to release” on day five to end self-isolation early.

The UK government is advising people to take a PCR test rather than a cheaper and less accurate lateral flow test before they fly back to the UK.

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