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The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020. This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to Spain as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

Nearly 19 million British nationals visited Spain last year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and elsewhere, including Spain. The Spanish authorities are dealing with confirmed cases of coronavirus in the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife. If you’re in this hotel, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. See Health

Liverpool FC take on Atletico Madrid and Manchester City take on Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches in February 2020. If you’re travelling to Madrid, check the match-specific information and advice pages for travelling Liverpool and Manchester City supporters, in addition to this travel advice.

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

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

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

There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Spain.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health

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

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