Spain lifts COVID-19 coronavirus border restrictions as State of Alarm ends today

Spain lifts  COVID-19 coronavirus  border restrictions as State of Alarm ends today

Spain’s State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on 14 March, ends today (June 21). From this date, Spain will re-open its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK.

This means that British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain. The Spanish Government has confirmed that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom from June 21 will not be required to self-isolate on arrival in Spain.

Restrictions on travellers from outside the European Union and the Schengen free-travel area will be lifted from July 1 providing the countries they depart from have agreements with Spain.

Current entry rules

From June 21, British nationals no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain.

On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate however, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

  • Provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional.

Air, land and sea borders

As from June 21, Spanish borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK. British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain or be required to demonstrate their travel is essential.

Inter-regional travel is now permitted throughout Spain.

Land borders

From June 21, Spain’s land borders are open.

British nationals can still transit through France to return to the UK but should check the latest FCO travel advice for France for entry requirements.

Restrictions for travellers arriving in Spain from Portugal will continue to apply until July 1.

Entry restrictions to Portugal are still in place. Cross border workers, goods traffic and people entering Portugal to return to their place of residence will be allowed to enter. If you are resident in Portugal, you must show your registration certificate or residence card to the immigration officer on arrival at the border, see FCO travel advice for Portugal

For information on travel via Gibraltar, see FCO travel advice for Gibraltar

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. This applies to the whole of Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera).

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

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