Spain holidays: FCDO updates entry requirements for Spain, Canary Islands & Balearics

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Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands now come with different travel restrictions. The entire country was removed from the travel corridor list back in July but this month the Canary Islands became exempt from quarantine restrictions. Travellers returning from Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return in a boost for winter sun holidays.

However, if you’re travelling back from mainland Spain or Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera in the Balearic Islands, you will, unfortunately, need to quarantine.

Nevertheless, no matter where you head in the country, UK travellers need to follow the same entry requirements.

Yesterday, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Developments Office (FCDO) updated their Spain travel advice.

The FCDO clarified the current Spanish entry rules.

“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate,” said the Foreign Office.

“However, you will be subject to three requirements.

“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign an online form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19.

“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.

“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”

Travellers will also need to have their temperature checked.

Additionally, they will undergo a visual health assessment.

“Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional,” said the FCDO.

On Sunday, October 25, a nationwide State of Emergency was announced in Spain as the nation attempts to fight escalating coronavirus cases.

Under the tough new measures, there is a national obligatory overnight curfew.

Specific curfew times vary, but it starts between 10pm and midnight and lasts until 6am.

“It provides regional governments with legal powers to impose further mobility restrictions in their region if deemed necessary (e.g. entry and exit restrictions to and from specific areas),” the FCDO stated.

It added: “These measures are expected to be in place for an initial period of at least 15 days.”

Luckily, for British holidaymakers jetting off to the Canaries, these strict rules do not apply in the archipelago.

“The Canary Islands are currently exempt from the curfew due to the latest epidemiological data,” explained the Foreign office.

The authority warned: “The situation is evolving and restrictive measures to control the virus may be introduced across the country at short notice.

“For details of local outbreaks and the specific measures in place in your destination, you should check the advice of local authorities in your destination prior to travel.”

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