Written by Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor, Property Guides
Last Modified: 1st April 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.

As Spain faces another wave of infections, it has extended its restrictions on UK citizens entering the country for non-essential journeys until 30 April.

Property purchasing

Non-essential travel is also banned in the UK until 30 June, however, in recent days the UK has announced that those travelling abroad to buy property are exempt from this travel ban. Moreover, there is also the “reasonable excuse” of preparing an overseas property you already own for rental.

Despite this, at present Spain have not specified buying property as an essential journey into the country. It is not impossible though – having spoken to our Spanish legal partner, you might, if you can claim residency, have an NIE number and proof you are completing on a property, be able to get to Spain.

Travelling overseas to buy property is classed as a “reasonable excuse” to leave the country

While it is difficult to start planning viewing homes just yet physically, you can view online and even make an offer, subject to confirmation via a physical viewing when flights restart. The legal processes are continuing much as usual too, with the use of online legal processes where necessary.

Plus, the situation tends to be fast-moving, so there is always hope for an early lifting of these restrictions. Keep an eye on Spain Property Guides for the latest information on buying in Spain.

In the current lockdown, many buyers are choosing to place an offer without viewing, subject to viewing when flights restart. Our surveyor partner can also check the property over for you. Click here for an introduction.

Vaccine passport

Spain is still keen to welcome British tourists this summer. The country’s tourism minister Reyes Maroto said: “Right now we have discussions with our colleagues in the UK. For us the British market is our main market.”

Spain recently announced that it expects to have a digital vaccine passport system ready by June. Maroto added that negative PCR tests will be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

On the UK side, although transport secretary Grant Schapps said it was “too early” to book a summer holiday, health secretary, Matt Hancock confirmed that discussions were under way with governments and the EU. “We are absolutely working with our international partners on the need for certification in terms of having had a vaccine to be able to travel to another country.

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“If another country wants to say that you need to have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine to travel there we want to enable Brits to be able to take that journey. So we are working with international partners, and the EU is part of those discussions, as are several other countries around the world, and it’s obviously important work.”

Domestic restrictions

Spain is currently under a national curfew which is expected to last until May. The curfew lasts from 11pm – 6am (with some regions from 10pm), and during this time people are only allowed out for work, education, to buy medicine, or to care for children or the elderly.

Face masks are compulsory for everyone over the age of six in indoor public spaces and on public transport across the whole country. In many regions, they must also be worn outdoors.

Health and infection rates

Spain is starting to see another rise in infection rates, with a rolling 7-day average of 6,144 new cases as of 1 April, but Health Emergency Chief Fernando Simón has said that this rise could be contained as a “small wave”.

He adds that “each week that passes and we vaccinate more people, it’s time we gain.”

While fatality rates are, tragically, still at around the 200 level per day, Spain has so far only vaccinated around 15% of its people compared to about 50% in the UK, so this number should fall rapidly with more vaccinations.

The government still aims to have the majority of the population vaccinated by summer. This target should be met as Spain expects to receive 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine a week in April.


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Make sure you are fully aware of what you are buying by speaking to our recommended Spanish property surveyor today – they can organise a building survey or valuation of your property.

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

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