Travel in 2022 is easier than it has been in a while as Covid restrictions ease, but what does this mean for holidays to Spain, and are British travellers allowed to enter? Here’s what you need to know about the entry rules and Covid tests required if you're planning a trip to Spain now.
Can I go to Spain on holiday?
Yes. Travel rules have been significantly lifted in 2022, making holidays far simpler than during the previous two years.
For your return to the UK afterwards, there is no need to take a test. Since 18 March 2022, all people travelling from Spain to the UK do not need to take any tests or quarantine when returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as the UK has now dropped all Covid travel rules.
What are the Spain travel restrictions for Covid?
As of 21 October 2022, the last remaining travel restrictions were lifted on entry to Spain. All of the rules that previously applied are no longer enforced, including the requirement to present proof of vaccination, the requirement to fill out travel forms ahead of arriving in the country, proof of having recovered from Covid in the last 6 months, or proof of a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival.
Since 20 April 2022, face masks are no longer a requirement inside in Spain, apart from on public transport and in hospitals and retirement homes. The Spanish government has stated that, if cases continue to rise during the summer months, masks may be reintroduced in more areas of daily life.
Can you travel to Spain unvaccinated?
Yes, entry requirements for Spain are the same for all travellers of any age, regardless of Covid vaccination status.
What are the entry requirements for the Canary Islands?
All entry requirements to the Canary Islands are the same as on mainland Spain, outlined above. On Thursday 24 March 2022, many Covid restrictions were lifted within the Canary Islands, which meant an end to the ‘dancing ban’ that had restricted dancing in bars, clubs and restaurants.
Is it safe to travel to Spain now?
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office considers Spain safe to visit right now, although notes that it's important to get travel insurance before your trip. It's always best to check local government advice before travelling, as rules can change quickly and without notice.
Where to stay: Are you looking for time to decompress post-lockdown, or for a busy city break? After perhaps more than a year at home, it can be hard to choose, but Spain has both. Start in Barcelona at the smart Nobu Hotel for the sights and history, before hopping to Mallorca and checking into the El Llorenç Parc de la Mar for rooftop views and gin-clear waters.
What to do: As well as switching to a tapas-only diet, we recommend hiring a car to drive the coastal paths of Mallorca. Make a stop at Es Pontàs, a natural arch in the south-eastern part of the island, in time for sunset.