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COVID-19 Travel Conditions for Non-Fully Vaccinated UK Nationals Travelling to Spain and Back to the UK during The Pandemic

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Page last updated: 30 March 2022

To enter Spain, UK nationals either need to have a valid certificate of vaccination or a valid certificate of recovery. If you do not have any of these certificates, you can only enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test certificate if you meet specific conditions.

This page covers the following:

1. COVID-19 entry requirements for UK nationals who do not have a valid COVID certificate of vaccination or of recovery

• The special circumstances under which non fully vaccinated UK nationals who do not have recovered from COVID in the last 6 months can travel to Spain with a negative COVID-19 test certificate.
• The negative COVID-19 test certificate needed to enter Spain for non fully vaccinated UK nationals who do not have a recovery certificate either but meet the specific circumstances to enter Spain.
• The Spanish Health control form to fill out to get a QR code when travelling from the UK to Spain.
• Conditions under which a quarantine might be needed for UK nationals travelling to Spain.

2. COVID-19 travel requirements to fly back from Spain to the UK for non fully vaccinated UK nationals

• Entry requirements in the UK for UK nationals who do not qualify as fully vaccinated
• Passenger locator form to fill out when travelling from Spain to the UK
• Conditions under which a quarantine may be needed for UK travellers flying from Spain to the UK

If you are a fully vaccinated UK national travelling to Spain for holidays, read our following page:

COVID-19 travel requirements for UK nationals on holiday to Spain during the pandemic

Definitions

To avoid any confusion, we will define here some terms.

Fully vaccinated: You are considered fully vaccinated to enter Spain from the UK 14 days after having received the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine or 14 days after having received the unique dose of a single-dose vaccine.

E.g. you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after having received the second jab with AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech Comirnaty, Moderna, Novavax vaccines, and 14 days after having received the unique dose of Janssen.

Once you are fully vaccinated you have up to 270 days, which equals to approximately 9 months which you can travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated or if your vaccination certificate is no longer valid, meaning that more than 270 days have passed since your last vaccine dose, you will only be able to enter Spain under specific circumstances which are listed below.

Valid certificate of recovery: Your recovery certificate is considered valid if it shows you had a positive PCR or antigen test in the past 180 days (which equals to 6 months) and if you have the positive COVID test certificate from which the recovery certificate is derived.

Note that the antigen tests accepted with a recovery certificate are the rapid antigen tests approved by the European Commission.

After 180 days of your positive PCR or antigen test, your recovery status is no longer considered valid. Therefore you won´t be able to enter Spain with your NHS COVID pass showing you recovered from COVID if you recovered from COVID more than 6 months ago.


1. COVID-19 entry requirements to Spain for UK nationals who are non fully vaccinated or who do not have a valid certificate of recovery

Special circumstances to enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test if you are a non-fully vaccinated UK national and do not have a valid certificate of recovery:

If you are a UK national who is not fully vaccinated and who do not have a valid certificate of recovery you need to meet the specific conditions listed below in order to be able to enter Spain. If you do not meet any of the conditions listed below, you will not be able to enter Spain.

If you do meet one of the conditions listed below, in order to enter Spain you will need:

  • The supporting documents that prove you are meeting one of the following conditions.

  • A negative COVID-19 test certificate. We will give you more details on these two certificates on the following section of this page.

Table that summarizes the circumstances under which you can enter Spain as a non fully vaccinated UK national:

1. You are a habitual resident in the EU, or in a Schengen associated State, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican or San Marino entering Spain on your way to your habitual country of residency.
2. You have a long term visa issued by a EU member state, or by a Schengen Associated state and are entering Spain on your way to the country of your long term visa.
3. You are a health professional, a health researcher, or an elderly care professional who enters Spain to go to or return from exercising your work activity.
4. You are a transport, marine or aeronautical personnel carrying out air transport activities.
5. You are a diplomatic, consular, international, military, member of civil protection or of a humanitarian organization, entering Spain for your functions.
6. You are a student in a EU country or in a Schengen associated state, with a permit or long term stay visa entering Spain on your way to the country of study during academic year or previous 15 days.
7. You are a student of an in-person full time course in Spain for 90 days maximum in an authorized teaching centre registered with the corresponding administrative registry for obtaining a degree or a study certificate.
8. You are a highly qualified worker whose work in Spain cannot be postponed or carried our remotely.
9. Duly accredited family reasons
10. Force majeure, need or humanitarian reasons
11. You have a valid COVID certificate of recovery


The following is a detailed list of circumstances you need to meet to enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test if you are not fully vaccinated or do not have a valid COVID certificate of recovery:

1. You are a UK National and you are also a habitual resident in the European Union, or in a Schengen associated State, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican or San Marino who are entering Spain on your way to your habitual country of residency.

European Union countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Schengen associated states outside of the EU include: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have your residence card of the EU country or of the Schengen associated state where you´re travelling to, as well as transport evidence from Spain to that country such as your airline or train ticket to present to the Spanish Authorities as a supporting document for this condition.

2. You are a UK National and you also have a long term visa issued by a EU member state, or by a Schengen Associated state and are entering Spain on your way to the country for which you have your long term visa.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have your long term visa and your transport evidence from Spain to the country for which you have your long term visa to present to the Spanish Authorities as a supporting document for this condition.

3. You are a UK national and you also are a health professional, a health researcher, or an elderly care professional who enters Spain to go to or return from exercising your work activity.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure you have supporting documents such as your professional accreditation and proof of work activity.

4. You are a UK national and you also are a transport, marine or aeronautical personnel carrying out air transport activities.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have supporting documents to present to the Spanish authorities such as your professional accreditation and proof that you carry out air transport activities to Spain.

5. You are a UK national and you also are a diplomatic, consular, international, military, member of civil protection or of a humanitarian organization, entering Spain in the exercise of your functions.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have supporting documents to present to the Spanish authorities such as your professional accreditation.

6. You are a UK national and you also are a student studying in a EU country or in a Schengen associated state, with the corresponding permit or visa for long term stay and you are entering Spain on your way to the country where you are studying. You must be travelling during the academic year or the previous 15 days of the academic year.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have your permit or visa for long term stay with you to show it to the Spanish Authorities as well as a proof of your student status.

7. You are a UK national and also are a student studying in Spain for a duration of 90 days maximum and are able to prove that you´re studying in an authorized teaching centre in Spain that is registered with the corresponding administrative registry, that you attend an in-person full time course for obtaining a degree or a study certificate.

8. You are a UK national and also are a highly qualified worker whose duties in Spain cannot be postponed or carried our remotely.

If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to have supporting documents for this condition.

9. You are a UK national travelling for duly accredited family reasons.

Make sure to have the supporting documents proving you are travelling for family reasons.

10. You are a UK national and travel for reasons of force majeure or need, or for humanitarian reasons.

Make sure to have the supporting documents proving the force majeure or humanitarian reasons.

As entry requirements for Spain can change on a frequent basis during the coronavirus pandemic, we recommend you double check the information provided above on the Spanish Health Ministry page on travel and COVID-19 and on the UK government page on foreign travel advice for Spain.


COVID certificates needed to enter Spain from the UK for non vaccinated UK nationals who do not have a valid certificate of recovery and who meet a specific circumstance

If you are a non fully vaccinated UK national who do not have a COVID certificate of recovery either and you enter Spain because you meet one of the entry conditions to Spain listed above, you must present a negative certificate of a COVID test. COVID tests accepted to enter Spain are:

  • A nucleic acid amplification test also referred to as a NAAT test. NAAT tests include: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, SDA tests. For your certificate to be valid you must take the test within the previous 72 hours to arrival in Spain.

  • A rapid antigen test also referred to as a RAT, approved by the European Commission. For your certificate to be valid you must take the test within the previous 72 hours to departure to Spain. You can check the list of rapid antigen tests approved by the EU on the COVID-19 diagnostic tests page of the European Commission. For your rapid antigen test certificate to be valid you must take the test within the previous 24 hours to departure to Spain.

Health control form to fill out to get a QR code when travelling from the UK to Spain

Within 48 hours before your flight to Spain, you must fill out a health control form on the Spain Travel Health website to get a QR code. You will need to show that QR code at the control points at the airport upon arrival to Spain.

Health control lines to show QR code at Barcelona Airport
Health control lines to show QR code at Barcelona Airport

Note that the Spanish health control form is also referred to as the FCS form. FCS stands for “Formulario de Control Sanitario” in Spanish, which means health control form. The health control form and the FCS form are exactly the same form.

Fill out your Health Control Form on the Spain Travel Health Website and get your QR code


Quarantine for UK travellers flying from the UK to Spain

Since 27 December 2021, no one needs to quarantine upon arrival to Spain. You will not have to quarantine upon arrival to Spain from the UK. However you should first ensure that you meet the requirements to enter Spain otherwise you will not be allowed entry even if there is no quarantine requirements.


2. COVID-19 travel requirements to fly from Spain to the UK for non fully vaccinated UK nationals

There are no more COVID entry requirements in the UK. You can enter the UK whether you are vaccinated or not.

Non fully vaccinated UK nationals no longer need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test in Spain within 2 days before travelling to the UK
  • book and pay for a COVID test in the UK before travelling
  • complete your passenger locator form before you travel to the UK

There are no quarantine upon arrival to the UK either.

You can double check this information on the UK government page on Travel to England from another country during COVID-19.

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