Written by Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor, Property Guides
Last Modified: 10th December 2020

In a fast-moving situation and an unprecedented clampdown on our usual freedoms, 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.

Travel overseas is possible and flights are available to book now. Quarantine is still in force for British people returning from Spain too, apart from flights from the Canary Islands.

Some regions of Spain are under severe restrictions at the moment, but there is no national lockdown. The Spanish government introduced a “State of Alarm” so that the autonomous regions can introduce measures that they feel essential to curb cases of Covid-19. They are keeping it under constant review amidst calls for a tighter lockdown.

Spanish airports now require those arriving from “high-risk” countries – including the UK – to present a negative test certificate which is 72 hours old or less.

Health and infection rates

The latest data shows that Spain has an overall infection rate of 120 per 100,000 in the week to 7 December, slightly below the UK rate of 159. This is, of course, well above 20, the rate at which the British government imposes quarantine on travellers from the region. So there will be no end to quarantine on your arrival from Spain just yet, apart from the Canary Islands.

Madrid and Catalonia are still the country’s worst hit areas. Andalusia is such a vast region it is hard to generalise, but as a whole it is seeing worryingly high rising infection rates. There has been a decline in the majority of Spain’s regions, although levels are still high overall.

Vaccine developments

Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa, recently explained that Spain will kick off their vaccination programme in January, aiming to cover a large percentage of the population by May. He added that they plan to vaccinate a third of the population by June.

Elderly care home residents and carers will be first in line to receive the vaccine along with  frontline healthcare workers.

Property purchasing

It is still completely possible to purchase property in Spain, albeit with restrictions that will vary between regions.

You are still allowed to view properties in Spain, before 6pm. The usual rules that you would expect apply, such as social distancing and making your way to the property in your own car.

The legal processes are continuing much as usual too, with the use of online legal processes where necessary.

To see exactly what you can and can’t do, including getting residency before Brexit, speak to our trusted solicitor partner today.


EasyJet arrives in largely Covid-free Gran Canaria (Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.com)


Quarantines and travel

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

There are still flights to Spain available currently, including from easyJet, Ryanair and BA. There are also flights available to book in January to a variety of Spanish destinations.

Under current arrangements you will have to quarantine on your return to the UK, unless you are returning from the Canary Islands where there is no requirement to quarantine.

Traveling to Spain, for the moment you have to:

  • Fill in a health (FCS) form, here.
  • Take a temperature check.
  • Undergo a visual health assessment.
  • Provide details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Provide evidence certifying that you have undertaken a PCR (swab) test within 72 hours of arrival and have tested negative for COVID-19.

If you fail to comply with these requirements, you may be fined and required to take an antigen test.

Social distancing

Rules vary from region to region, so always check with the local authorities on local rules if and when you travel. Some areas have released new restrictions recently ahead of the festive period.

Valencia has chosen to close its borders until January 15, with travel only permitted on certain days over Christmas. Andalusia is due to announce their revised restrictions for the festive period on December 12.

There is a general curfew after 10pm. Bars, restaurants and shops are open at limited capacity but must close at 6pm, along with non-essential shops, offices and businesses. These restrictions can vary from region to region, however.

You may only travel between towns for limited reasons.


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