Summary

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Spain

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Spain’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

The volcanic eruption and seismic activity continue on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. Some areas in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and El Paso have been evacuated.

If you are in an affected area, you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma. If you are planning to travel to the island imminently, you are encouraged to contact your tour operators/airlines. See Natural disasters

From 1 December 2021, the rules for entering Spain by air or sea change. Check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for more information.

Public health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 remain in force across Spain and may vary between regions. New rules may be brought in at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. If you’re planning travel to Spain, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into Spain for further information.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain. See Terrorism

There have been large gatherings of people and demonstrations in some parts of Barcelona and other areas of the Catalonia region in relation to political developments there. Some demonstrations have become violent and may cause disruption to public transport, including access to airports. See Political situation

If you’re living in or moving to Spain, read the Living in Spain guide in addition to this travel advice.

Some cities in Spain operate low emission schemes and apply vehicle restrictions to city centres. See Road travel

There have been several deaths as a result of falls from balconies. Don’t take any unnecessary risks, especially when under the influence of drink or drugs. See Falls from height

Be alert to the existence of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. Keep a copy of your passport somewhere safe. See Crime

Temperatures regularly reach over 40ºC in Spain during the summer months. These temperatures bring an increased risk of forest fires. See Forest fires

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.