Written by Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor, Property Guides
Last Modified: 29th September 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.

Good news! From 4am Monday 4 October, there will be some changes for international travel to England, making it easier and cheaper to visit Spain.

Changes to travel from 4 October

The first change is that the current traffic light system, in which Spain and its islands are on the amber list, is to be scrapped. It is going to be replaced with a single red list. Spain is not expected to be on the red list.

The second change is that, if you are fully vaccinated, you will not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test
  • take a day 8 COVID-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

Instead, you will just have to:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England and which can be a cheaper, lateral flow test rather than the current requirement of a PCR test
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will have to do the following, plus quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days:

  • take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

Travelling to Spain before 4 October

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 or before 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 or if you have not been fully vaccinated.

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

What to do when you enter Spain

Travellers to Spain from the UK must present either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination, as well as a completed health locator form. This is also the case if you travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands from mainland Spain.

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.

Get ready 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 29 September, almost 90% of the target population (those over 12) have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 87% of the target population have been fully vaccinated. The autonomous communities of Asturias, Galicia, Extremadura and Castile y Leon have administered the most vaccine doses in the country, fully vaccinating over 80% of their residents.

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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.

Most restrictions have been lifted throughout Spain, with the country just announcing that crowds can return at 100% capacity outdoors and up to 80% indoors. However, certain regions do have their own rules (make sure you research the region you plan to visit). Across the whole country, face masks are compulsory indoors.

Health and infection rates

After a fifth wave of infections, Spain’s daily cases have fallen substantially, with a rolling 7-day average of 2,278 on the 29 September, down about 10,000 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 53 on 29 September.

 

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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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