Written by Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor, Property Guides
Last Modified: 18th August 2021

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?

Mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are all on the amber list. This means that travel there is still permitted, but the government advises against travel for leisure purposes. If you return to the England from Spain (and any amber country), you will have to quarantine at home for 10 days, unless you have been double-vaccinated.

Nonetheless, there are still several things to do when travelling between Spain and the UK, even if you have had both jabs.

Before you arrive in England:

  • Take a COVID-19 test (this can be either a PCR test or lateral flow but must be taken no more than 3 days before you depart from Spain)
  • Book your day 2 test (to take on your second day back in England)
  • Complete a passenger locator form and declare that you have been fully vaccinated (note, you will need proof!)

You will only need to quarantine in England if your day 2 test comes back positive.

Read your Emigration Guide to find out everything you need to know about moving abroad.

Spain’s international travel restrictions

As of 2 July, travellers to Spain from the UK must present either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination. This is also the case if you travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands from mainland Spain.

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”.

Property purchasing

It is certainly possible to still buy a home in Spain at the moment. With Spain now welcoming British visitors, and double-jabbed Brits avoiding quarantine, now is a prime time to book a viewing trip. 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?

We’ve got our fingers crossed for Spain to be added to the green list soon. Be prepared to look at properties now by reading our free guide, Your Viewing Trip.

With Spain now welcoming British visitors, and double-jabbed Brits avoiding quarantine, now is a prime time to book a viewing trip.

Vaccine rollout

The good news is that Spain’s vaccine rollout has been one of the fastest in Europe.

As of 17 August, 75% of the population have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 64% (30 million) have been fully vaccinated. The autonomous communities of Asturias, Galicia and Castile and Leon have administered the most vaccine doses in the country. Spain has set itself the target of fully vaccinating 70% of its population by the end of August.

The Spanish government is now making plans to offer vaccinations for those aged between 12 and 17 before the end of the summer.

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Domestic restrictions

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.

Some restrictions are, however, being reintroduced in some areas as cases start to rise among the young and unvaccinated. In Catalonia and Valencia, for example, social gatherings are limited to 10 people and a new curfew between 1am and 6am has been introduced.

It is advised to look up the current restrictions for specific areas.

Health and infection rates

After a fifth wave of infections, Spain’s daily cases are once again starting to fall, with a rolling 7-day average of 12,879 on the 17 August, down about 12,000 from a month ago.

And, as a result of Spain’s successful vaccination rollout, fatality rates remain steady and low, with a rolling 7-day average of 73 on 17 August.


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Keep an eye on Property Guides Spain for all the latest on travel restrictions, vaccinations and property purchasing in Spain.


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