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Can I travel to Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands?

Latest news on travel to Spain: Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands remain on the UK's amber list for travel

The land of sun, sea and sangria is Britain’s favourite holiday destination: 18.1 million of us visited in 2019. But both the UK and Spain have been two of Europe’s hardest hit countries by COVID-19. Here’s the latest news on travel to Spain.

Note: this article was last updated on 6 September 2021, and was correct at time of writing. For the most up to date information, check our travel restrictions page which is updated three times weekly.

Can I travel to Spain from the UK?

Yes, as Spain’s borders have been open to UK travellers since 24 May. However, Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are on the UK government’s amber travel list, meaning that it is only advisable to travel there for essential reasons (e.g. visiting immediate family or for work). However, flights are running to Spain and people are travelling there on holiday.

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Spain?

No. As of 24 May, British arrivals into Spain don’t need to quarantine. However, all passengers entering Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands are required to complete a pre-travel declaration form and show proof of either a negative PCR test or full vaccination against COVID-19 (travellers from England can use the NHS app).

Health passes or vaccine passports

The EU’s Digital Green Certificate, which provides evidence that a traveller has been vaccinated against, recovered from or tested negatively for COVID-19, is in operation in Spain. In addition, Spain opened its borders on 7 June to all fully vaccinated travellers from around the world. English travellers can use the NHS health app to prove their vaccination status for travel – if you have been fully vaccinated, you don’t need to show a negative PCR test on arrival in Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands.

What are the rules when I get back to the UK from Spain?

Anyone returning to the UK from any part of Spain must present a passenger locator form, plus a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before flying, on arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated, you don’t need to self-isolate on arrival back in the UK. If you have not had two vaccinations against COVID-19, you must quarantine at home for up to 10 days when you get back to the UK.

All travellers from Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands to England, Scotland or Wales must book a travel test package for tests to be taken on days two and eight on arrival back in the UK. 

The Canary Islands are on the UK government's 'safe travel' list, meaning that you don't have to quarantine on arrival back in the UK from there

Is Spain in lockdown?

Spain was in a state of emergency from 25 October until it lifted on 9 May 2021. Now, Spanish residents can travel between the country’s 17 regions, and each regional government is allowed to form its own coronavirus restrictions. Check the local rules before travelling. The mandate to wear a mask in public lifted on 26 June, meaning that you don’t have to wear masks outside anymore, anywhere in Spain. However you will still have to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and curfews apply in some regions.

Visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Can I go to Ibiza and the Balearic Islands?

The Balearic Islands (an archipelago including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) have been added to the amber list for England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, after a brief spell on the green list. This means that unless you are fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days when you get back to the UK. You will also have to complete a pre-travel declaration form before you go, show proof of a negative PCR test or full COVID vaccination on arrival, and undergo two PCR tests on your return to the UK.

Can I go to the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands are on the UK’s amber list for travel, but the FCDO does not advise against travel there based on COVID-19 risks.

If you travel to the Canary Islands from the UK, you’ll have to fill out a pre-travel declaration form and, if you are not fully vaccinated, self-isolate for 10 days on your return back to the UK (check the latest guidance for Northern IrelandScotland and Wales in case their rules change at short notice).

The Canary Islands has introduced its own travel insurance policy to tempt British travellers back to the islands. Underwritten by AXA, it will be in place until August 2021 and will cover the costs if you contract coronavirus during your trip. This includes medicines, repatriation and any costs incurred by self isolating. Like any insurance policy, it won’t be valid if you catch the illness before you travel.

Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Can I fly to Spain?

Yes. Even though Spain is on the UK’s amber list for travel, airlines began escalating their services between UK and Spanish airports on 24 May in response to the news that Spain was open to British tourists.

Quiet street in Spain

Coronavirus restrictions in Spain

Every region of Spain has its own regulations, which you should look up before travelling there.

As well as following the local rules, you should also do everything that you would do to keep safe at home. For example wash your hands as often as possible and carry some hand sanitiser for times when you can’t reach a sink. Keep an eye out for news of new local restrictions in the lead up to your trip, and while you’re there.

Is it safe to visit Spain? Standing at Postiguet beach in Alicante

When can I travel to Spain? FAQs

When can tourists return to Spain?

Spain has opened its borders to British tourists without quarantine requirements, but the country is on England, Northern Ireland and Scotland’s amber lists. You need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter Spain and its islands, and fill in a ‘Declaration to Travel’ form before leaving the UK. You must also quarantine for 10 days when you get back (unless you are fully vaccinated) and take two further COVID tests. You can opt for the test-to-release scheme on your passenger locator form to exit self-isolation early with a negative COVID test taken on day five of your quarantine. Fully vaccinated passengers do not need to self-isolate on their return back to the England from amber countries.

What are the entry requirements for Spain?

To enter mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands, you are required to complete a pre-travel declaration form and show proof of a negative COVID test or full vaccination against COVID-19.

Do I need to quarantine coming back from mainland Spain?

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine on your return to the UK from Spain. If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to self-isolate at home for 10 days when you get back to the UK from Spain.

Is Ryanair still flying to Spain?

Yes, many airlines are flying regular services to Spain, including Ryanair.

Can I travel to the Canary Islands?

Yes, but they’re on the amber list so you’ll have to quarantine for up to 10 days when you get back to the UK – unless you are fully vaccinated, which means you are exempt from quarantine.

Can I travel to the Balearic Islands?

Yes, but they’re on the amber list so you’ll have to quarantine for up to 10 days when you get back to the UK – unless you are fully vaccinated, which means you are exempt from quarantine.


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