A travel ban on arrivals by air and sea will end after three months
On Tuesday, 23 March, the Spanish government announced it will lift entry restrictions on travel from the United Kingdom. After a three-month period, the ban for passengers arriving by air and sea will be lifted on 30 March.
Spain imposed a travel ban on UK arrivals on 22 December 2020 as a means of preventing the spread of new variants of COVID-19. Since that date, the ban has been extended six times with only a few exceptions to the rule, for example Spanish and Andorran nationals arriving from the United Kingdom.
Second-home owners in Spain who have not been registered as residents have also been excluded from entering.
UK holidaymakers might have to wait till May to enter Spain
While Spain lifting its travel ban is good news, the United Kingdom itself doesn’t yet allow travel abroad, except for work, education, and health-related purposes. Because of the persisting restrictions in place on the UK side, Spain might not see a surge in the number of arrivals from the United Kingdom just yet — and possibly not before May.
As part of the new COVID-19 regulations, the British government plans to broaden the exceptions for “reasonable excuses for travel” — from 29 March they will include activities such as visiting a real estate agent or a show home and viewing potential residential properties. It will be mandatory to present a negative PCR test result to enter the country.
The ban on the British to travel abroad has been extended by the British government until July while the fines for anyone breaking the rules can reach up to £5,000 (€5,800). However, according to the officials, the extended ban is more of a legislative measure and may be adjusted.
In April, the government will discuss whether to resume international travel from 17 May.
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