New travel rules UK tourists must follow when travelling to Spain

British tourists have had to adapt to many new travel rules for Spain since the pandemic took hold.

Travel experts have criticised the Government for the rapidly changing restrictions which have confused major airlines.

There are also new EU rules on British cars and travel with pets that British tourists must follow in Spain, The Express reports.

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The Mediterranean hotspot is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations with many tourists choosing to visit the beautiful Costa del Sol.

The current travel rules for Spain on the UK Government website state that British travellers must present a pre-travel declaration form on arrival in Spain.

They must also have a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination and the rule applies to all travellers over 12.

Spain will accept the NHS Covid 19 vaccination record although neighbouring Portugal will not do so until October 4.

Certificates of recovery from Covid in the last six months are not currently accepted for entry from UK tourists in Spain.

Tourists visiting the Balearic islands or Canary islands should check with their travel provider as there may be additional entry requirements.

Some Covid rules remain in place in Spain and facemasks must be worn inside in public spaces and also outside where 1.5m social distance can’t be maintained.

Different areas of Spain have varying rules on nightclubs and maximum number limits in entertainment venues.

The Balearic islands have recently announced they will reopen nightclubs from October 8 but a Covid vaccination passport may be required for entry.



The Balearic Islands

British tourists are advised to check with local authorities or their holiday provider for any local restrictions in place.

On arrival back in the UK, British tourists must take a day two PCR test. This test is due to be replaced by a lateral flow test later on in October.

Until October 4, British double-vaccinated travellers must also take a pre-departure test before arrival in the UK.

Spain is on the UK’s ‘rest of world’ list and will not require isolation in a Government quarantine hotel.

British drivers in Spain must now cover or remove the traditional GB sticker, and instead use either a UK sticker or have a UK “signifier” on their plates.

The UK Government said: “You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following: a GB identifier with the Union flag; a Euro symbol; a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales; numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier.

“If you have a GB sticker, cover or remove it before driving outside the UK.”



The Balearic Islands

The GB sticker rule took effect from Tuesday September 28, and driving in Spain will require a UK sticker regardless of a car’s number plate.

The British Embassy in Madrid has also released a new warning about pet passports and animal travel documents to visit Spain with an animal.

It said that the rules have changed this year and “a GB-issued EU pet passport is not valid for travel to the EU or Northern Ireland”.

The British embassy also advised people travelling with a pet to speak to their vet as soon as possible.

It said: “Speak to your vet before you travel to get the necessary pet documents and ensure you’re compliant with the EU Pet Travel Regulations.”

Travellers should use a pet passport from the EU or Northern Ireland and every dog, cat or ferret entering Spain must have a microchip, rabies vaccination and an animal health certificate.