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Requirements to travel to Spain from the UK

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Good news for Spanish Expatsand and british turists who live in the UK and want to see their families or enjoy the beatiful landscapes that Spain has to offer, the Government has made recent statements of having plans to include Spain in the "green" list of countries to visit, but what does this mean?  

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control distributes the information on three separate maps for the three indicators defined as essential: cumulative incidence rate at the regional level (positive cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants notified every 14 days), PCR test rates and positivity nationwide. 


The summer of 2020 did not favor the regular visit on Spanish territory, according to the newspaper El Confidencial, "In 2019, the 18 million visitors from the United Kingdom accounted for 23% of the total number of tourists received in Spain. They spent about 18,000 million euros. In 2020, however, only 3.2 million visitors were registered in the middle of the pandemic." It is stated that the main cause of this is that, when cataloging Spain within the list of red countries, people who visited the territory had to keep quarantine for 15 days upon return. 

With the inclusion of vaccines and greater knowledge of the effects of Covid-19 on people, the United Kingdom is considering making current measures more flexible, so that Spain, being within the green list of destinations, travelers from the country should not keep quarantine on your return to the UK. Even so, a PCR test must be carried out when leaving the country and another on their return. 

At medmesafe we have an extensive list of clients who have used our PCR test and PCR test at home to return to their country, we collaborate with highly reputable laboratories throughout Spain whose certificates meet all the requirements for their entry into the United Kingdom. We have all the corresponding information in this post. 

As a requirement to return to the UK, RT-PCR, LAMP, and antigen tests are accepted. The certificate must contain basic information such as: 

  • Names and surnames of the patient.  

  • Patient identification number (passport or DNI). 

  • The date on which the sample was taken. 

  • Laboratory data, which includes: device by which the sample was analyzed, name and data of the technician who validates the test, sample result (negative or positive), day and time the report is delivered. 

  • Unique QR code so that the corresponding staff can check the validity of the report. 

Currently, Spain is studying the end of the state of alarm on May 9, which cancels the mobility restrictions between Communities, in this way all people will be able to circulate throughout the country, respecting the restrictions of each Community. Similarly, the confirmation by the British Government on the classification of Spain at the traffic light will be announced on June 17. This has generated an increase in reservations of Spanish tourist places by the English, mainly in the Canary Islands. 


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