Spain to require proof of vaccination from UK travelers

Spain has updated its entry requirements for travelers from the UK.

From December 1st, travelers arriving from the United Kingdom in Spain will need to show a vaccination certificate.

The decision comes as concern over the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 grows.

Travelers from the United Kingdom are currently able to enter Spain with a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid-19 test.

The changes will mean that all travelers from the United Kingdom will need to show proof of being fully-vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Children under 12 years old are exempt when traveling with an adult.

Prior to traveling to Spain, all passengers must also present a QR code which is obtained from filling in a health control form.

In a statement, Turespaña said: “Spain reinforces its position as a safe holiday destination with one of the highest vaccinations rates worldwide (almost 90 per cent of the population age 12 and over) and one of the lowest Covid-19 rates in Europe. ”

Based on data from the Spanish ministry of health for the seven-day period up until November 26th, the accumulated incidence rate of Covid-19 infection in the country is 98 cases per 100,000 residents.

This new legislation is for UK travelers prior to their arrival to the whole of Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to adopt “simple, predictable and practical” measures to safely facilitate the ramping-up of international travel as borders re-open.

Specifically, the trade body urged governments to focus on simplified health protocols, digital solutions to process health credentials and Covid-19 measures proportionate to risk levels.

The vision to address the complexity is outlined in the newly released policy paper.

“As governments are establishing processes to re-open borders, in line with what they agreed in the ministerial declaration of the ICAO High Level Conference of Covid-19, the blueprint will help them with good practices and practical considerations.

“Over the next months we need to move from individual border openings to the restoration of a global air transport network that can reconnect communities and facilitate economic recovery,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA deputy director general.