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Spain will not require vaccinations, tests, or vaccination passports from British tourists as of May 20. The Government of Spain, in its attempt to reactivate tourism in the country, has negotiated with the European Union that citizens from the United Kingdom (one of the main countries from where most tourists travel) do not have to present PCR or antigen tests when entering Spain.

The measure was announced on May 13 by Fernando Valdés, Secretary of State for Tourism, after a seminar on the European Parliament sector in Madrid. “Countries with a low incidence should not pose a risk and could come without CRP, from the UK or any other third country. And the same will be done with the rest of Europe ”. 

For the summer 2021, Spin is expecting the arrival of between 30% and 40% of international tourists who came to the country before the outbreak of the health crisis, according to estimates by the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (Airef), the body in charge of ensuring the stability of public accounts. 

It means that if you travel from the United Kingdom to Spain you do NOT need to perform a PCR test or antigens for the detection of Covid-19, but upon your return to the UK, you should perform a PCR test in Spain before traveling to the United Kingdom. Below, we detail the three requirements you need to enter the United Kingdom upon your return from Spain: 

People who want to enter the United Kingdom from Spain must: 

  • Take a Covid-19 detection test maximum of 72 hours before boarding your plane or ferry, either a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test. 

  • Book and pay for the COVID-19 post-trip tests on day 2 and day 8, which will be taken after you arrive in the United Kingdom. 

  • Complete the passenger location form, you can find it at this link. 

Upon arrival in the UK you must:  

  • Quarantine at home or where you are staying for 10 days. 

  • Take the COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and or after day 8. 

  • You may be able to end the quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test. 

The Minister for Industry, Reyes Maroto has expressed that there is a high probability that Spain will go green in the June review by the British Government, in this way travelers would not have to quarantine when returning to their country: “we have asked to differentiate the epidemiological situation by region. If not, we will have to continue to lower the incidence throughout the country, but we are convinced that the British will be able to spend their summer holidays in Spain if they want,” the minister concluded. 

Under any scenario, we have prepared a post on all the requirements that the PCR and antigen test certificate must meet so that they can travel back to the United Kingdom, the data that must appear on the certificate, and the times of results throughout Spain. We also have quality service for all travelers who need to perform these tests in Spain. 


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