FROM JULY 19th 2021
British citizens who have been fully vaccinated OR who are under the age of 18 years and accompanying fully vaccinated parents will no longer need to go into quarantine when returning to England and Scotland from Spain (and other amber list countries). Making it far easier for them to visit their holiday home in Spain again.
Full vaccination is defined as having had the second dose 14 full days prior to travel.
British citizens returning to England and Scotland from Spain will instead be required to take a negative test up to 72 hours prior to arrival and must book and pay for a PCR test to be taken on their second full day back in the UK.
In addition the UK Government will also be removing the current guidance suggesting that travel to amber list countries from England should be avoided unless essential. The Scottish Government however continues to advise against non-essential travel to amber list countries and destinations.
The latest regulations currently apply to return travel to England and Scotland only.
Ex-pats who have been vaccinated outside of the UK are still required to quarantine for ten days on arrival in the England and the rest of the UK. The UK Government has indicated that they are actively working on this point as part of phase two of their plans to unlock international travel and that a further announcement can be expected on this in the next few weeks.
The Balaeric Islands will be added to the UK Government’s amber list from 04.00 on Monday 19th July. Which means that any British citizens visting the archipelago who have not been double vaccinated will be required to quarantine for ten days on their return to the UK or if based in England they have the option to opt for the Test To Release scheme.
FROM JULY 1ST 2021
British citizens (aged 12 years plus) visiting Spain will be required to show a negative PCR test or proof of double/full vaccination to enter the country. The new ruling reflects growing concern within the Spanish Government over the delta variant and rising infection rates in the UK.
British citizens can now visit the Balearics without having to quarantine on return to the UK. Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera were all placed on the UK Government’s green travel list last week and the new ruling applies to arrivals from the UK from June 30th onwards.
When returning to the UK from the Balearics travelers are still required to….
- Take a Covid 19 test (even if they have been vaccinated) up to 72 hrs prior to returning
- Book and pay for a Day 2 and 8 Covid 19 test to be taken when back in the UK
- Complete a passenger locator form
- If you live in England you may opt into the Test To Release scheme.
- You pay for a further Covid 19 test which can be taken on your fifth full day back in England – if the test is negative you are then able to end your quarantine.
Entry Into Spain
It remains legal to travel from the UK and to enter Spain for non-essential purposes – even though Spain (including the Canary and Balearic Islands) remains on the UK’s amber travel list.
Currently, UK nationals do not need to provide a health certificate or proof of vaccination to enter Spain. However, you may need to provide this information if you plan to stay in tourist accommodation, other than your own holiday property.
You will need to fill out and sign Spain’s Health Control Form online prior to travelling.
You can view all of the very latest information about entry requirements for Spain by visiting the new Travel Safe Spain website.
Returning To The UK
Spain remains on the UK’s amber travel list.
This requires travellers returning to the UK to take a Covid 19 test three days prior to travel.
You must also book and pay for Covid 19 travel tests prior to arriving in the UK.
You are required to fill out the mandatory online travel locator form.
Be prepared to quarantine for 10 days on your return to the UK OR you if you live in England can opt to end this earlier with the Test To Release scheme.
You pay for a further Covid 19 test which can be taken on your fifth full day back in England – if the test is negative you are then able to end your quarantine.
You can view all of the latest information about UK entry requirements from an amber country on the UK Government website.
As of May 20th the Spanish Government is permitting arrivals from the UK and entry into Spain for British nationals without any negative covid test or vaccination proof requirement.
However, the whole of Spain, including the islands, remains on the UK Government’s amber list. Which means that whilst it is not illegal to travel to Spain anyone returning to the UK from Spain will be required to quarantine for 10 days and to take a Covid test before arriving in the UK. As well as on or before days two and eight of their quarantine.
The Spanish Government has now updated their rules governing who can and cannot now enter spain from the UK. Whilst the UK now permits second homeowners to visit Spain, Spain will not allow visitors from the UK arriving on residential property related business entry to the country for the forseeable future.
As a result, in general terms, British citizens cannot currently travel to Spain. There are some exceptions…including
- If married or related to EU citizens
- Long term Spanish visa holders
- Health care professionals
- Transport workers
- Diplomats, military and members of international organistions
- Students – in possesion of Spanish visa and medical insurance
New changes to the laws and regulations that govern travel between the UK to Spain have been announced this week. Making it possible for British owners of second homes in Spain to visit their properties as early as this April BUT only under specific circumstances.
Spain Lifts Ban On UK Arrivals
Yesterday (Tuesday March 22nd), the Spanish Government announced the end to their three- month travel ban on arrivals from the UK, effective from March 30th. This ban was first implemented on December 22nd 2020 and was extended no less than six times during this period.
UK Gov Announces New Legislation
Whilst almost simultaneously the British Government announced new legislation, entitled The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, which is expected to be voted into law on Thursday. And which will include some exceptions that are highly pertinent to overseas homeowners as ‘reasonable excuses for travel’.
Reasonable Excuses For Travel
These are outlined on the UK Gov website, where Article 7 states that international travel will be permissible “to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property – (a) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes; (b) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or to rent; (c) preparing a residential property to move in; (d) moving house; (e) to visit a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.”
The Stanley Johnson Exemption
So, in other words a second homeowner could realistically argue that they need to visit their property in Spain in order to prepare it for sale or for rent. An exemption that has already been dubbed ‘The Stanley Johnson Excuse’ by a Labour Party spokesperson, in reference to the visit to Greece made last July by the Prime Minister’s father, in order to ensure his holiday home there was ‘covid proofed’ for future rental guests.
Second homeowners would still be obliged to fill out an official Declaration Form for International Travel and provide relevant supporting evidence, such as proof of ownership. As well as ensuring that they can also present proof of vaccination or a negative covid test on arrival in Spain.
The new Health Protection Regulations which are being introduced by the British Government are also quite draconian. International holidays are now banned until July earliest (although this could yet be rescinded sooner) and anyone who travels to an airport with the intent to travel but without a cast-iron excuse could now face a fine of up to £5,000. So anyone considering travelling should ensure that they have a legitimate reason to do so in order to satisfy the authorities.
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