In a fast-moving situation, Property Guides will keep you up to date with the latest on Spain’s Covid situation, travel and quarantine rules and the Spanish property market.
When can we travel to Spain?
International travel for leisure purposes is no longer illegal. Countries have been placed into a traffic light system relating to what you would have to do on your return to the UK. 12 countries are currently on the quarantine-free “green list”, however, the majority of countries, including Spain, are on the amber list.
Travel to Spain is permitted, but the government advises against travel for leisure purposes to all but “green list” countries. If you do travel to Spain, you will have to quarantine at home for 10 days and take regular Covid-19 tests when you return to the UK.
New countries should be added to the “green list” every three weeks, so we have high hopes for being able to travel to Spain quarantine-free in the near future. The next update is expected in early June, so keep an eye out!
We’ve got our fingers crossed for Spain being added to the “green list” soon. Start preparing to come over to Spain to look at properties now by reading our free guide, Your Viewing Trip.
Spain’s international travel restrictions
As of Monday 24 May, travellers to Spain from the UK no longer face entry restrictions. What’s more, British arrivals do not need a PCR test. However, as Spain is still on the UK’s amber list, you will still need to take a PCR test and have a negative result in the 72 hours before you return home.
Maroto announced that Spain is working hard to increase its vaccine rollout and reduce its infection rate so it can meet the UK’s “green list” criteria. She added: “we are working with the UK’s Task Force so that regional criteria can be included into their parameters, given that we have a disparity in the infection rates between our different regions”.
It is certainly possible to still buy a home in Spain at the moment. With Spain now welcoming British visitors, if you’re willing to quarantine on your return to the UK, then you can go an physically view properties right now. If you’d rather wait until Spain is on the UK’s green list, then you can still view online. Did you know that you can even make an offer subject to confirmation via a physical viewing?
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The good news is that Spain’s vaccine rollout is well underway now. In fact, the country administered more vaccines in April than during the first three months of 2021!
Nearly 24 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine while over eight million are fully vaccinated. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez recently said that he believes Spain is “just 100 days from achieving herd immunity”, which in other words means that 70% of the population will be fully vaccinated.
The Spanish health authorities have also just approved the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is thought that people aged between 50-59 and the vulnerable will be offered this vaccine first.
The country has also announced that people under 60 who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their second dose. Spain has secured 94 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will be rolled out between December 2021 and June 2023.
Those aged under 50 will also start to be offered a vaccine in June.
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Spain’s state of alarm officially ended on 9 May, after being in place since October 2020. The autonomous communities must now consult their regional high courts if they want to implement Covid-19 restrictions.
In some regions, restrictions remain. The Balearic Islands, Valencia and Alicante among others requested to keep the curfew and certain restrictions.
It is advised to look up the current restrictions for specific areas.
Across the whole of Spain, face masks are still compulsory for everyone over the age of six in indoor, and many outdoor, public spaces, as well as on public transport. Social distancing of 1.5 metres must also be adhered to.
Health and infection rates
After rising slightly in April, Spain’s daily cases have started to fall once more. The pace of this decline has slowed in the last week, with a rolling 7-day average of 4,719 new cases as of 26 May.
While fatality rates are, tragically, still at around 43 per day, this number continues to fall as more and more vaccines are administered.
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