Foreign travel advice

Spain

Important COVID-19: travel is different

To understand the risks in a country, including the latest COVID restrictions (including for entry), follow FCDO Travel Advice.

To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to red list countries.

Check what you need to do to travel abroad and return to England, or read travel guidance for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Spain on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

Entry restrictions and testing requirements are currently in force for travel into Spain, see Entry requirements.

Returning to the UK

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

If you are unable to return to the UK before the expiry of your visa/permit or visa-free limit due to C-19 restrictions, you should contact your local immigration office (Extranjería) for advice. You can also call 060 from a Spanish phone line.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Spain

You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

While the nationwide State of Emergency declared by the Spanish government on 25 October 2020 ended on 9 May 2021, some restrictions and curfews remain in force and may vary between regions. Handwashing hygiene, air ventilation rules and the use of face masks in enclosed public spaces and in some specific scenarios outdoors, must continue to be observed at all times. See Use of face masks and Public spaces and services for further information.

Regional governments retain legal powers to ease or tighten restrictions within their region if deemed necessary to control the spread of the virus (e.g. partial lockdowns; limiting the capacity and opening hours of retail, hospitality establishments and public events).

Local and regional restrictions may be introduced at short notice. You should consult regional incidence levels, refer to the advice of local authorities in your destination and ensure you are aware of the specific measures in place prior to travel.

The use of face coverings continues to be mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years old on all forms of public transport in Spain, in any enclosed space open to the public, and outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be observed. Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary by region. See Use of face masks for further details.

Road travel

Land borders are open.

The Spanish government has implemented testing requirements for those travelling overland from France into Spain by road or rail. See Entry requirements for details.

The French government has implemented additional entry requirements for those travelling to and transiting through France. If you are planning to drive from Spain through France, check the latest FCDO travel advice for France ahead of your journey.

Border controls at the Portugal land border with Spain have been lifted. See FCDO travel advice for Portugal for further information.

Inter-regional travel may be restricted if your point of origin and destination fall within a confined area where entry and exit restrictions are in place. You should check the advice of local authorities in your destination prior to travel.

Transiting confined areas is permitted; however, you should be prepared to show evidence of your onward journey such as train or flight tickets to your final destination.

If you need to travel during the hours of curfew, you should carry evidence of your reason for travel such as a certificate from your employer, proof of medical appointment, or proof of onward journey such as train or flight tickets. To find out more about specific exemptions you should refer to guidance from local authorities.

If travelling with people who are not from the same household, all passengers must wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth. Penalties may be imposed if you do not comply. See Use of face-masks.

Public spaces and services

Social distancing measures and other safety precautions should continue to be observed at all times.

While the nationwide State of Emergency declared by the Spanish government on 25 October 2020 ended on 9 May 2021, some restrictions and curfews remain in force and may vary between regions. Many municipal and regional authorities have introduced other types of measures such as limiting the opening hours and capacity of bars and restaurants, and in some places these remain closed until further notice. You should refer to local authorities for any additional measures where you are as this may vary from one region to the next.

You must continue to observe the following rules regardless of your whereabouts in Spain:

  • social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • obligatory use of face masks in enclosed public spaces or outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be observed v (see Use of facemasks)
  • abide by any safety measures put in place by establishments such as hotels, bars, shops and restaurants to reduce the risk of COVID-19
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and use hand sanitizer gel where soap and water is not available

Spanish regional authorities may also impose the following additional restrictive measures:

  • an overnight curfew (specific curfew times vary between regions)
  • social gatherings may be limited (e.g. to a maximum of 6 people outdoors and a maximum of 4 people inside restaurants and bars)
  • people from different households may not be permitted to meet indoors in private homes (unless they have caring responsibilities for a dependent)
  • capacity restrictions at beaches or other public areas such as the delineation of plots and the use of booking systems. You should refer to local authorities for information on the measures in place
  • if visitors test positive or develop symptoms during their stay in Spain, they may be moved to specific designated accommodation to prevent further spread

These measures may vary between regions. You should refer to local and regional authorities for advice.

Use of face masks

From 26 June, it will no longer be mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres is observed. However, face mask use remains mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years in the following circumstances:

  • In any enclosed space open to the public (e.g. shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc.)
  • In any indoor space where people who are not from the same household mix
  • In any outdoor space where it is not possible to observe social distancing of 1.5m (e.g. crowded streets, concerts, public demonstrations etc.)
  • On all forms of public transport including planes, trains, trams, buses and metro, as well as all transport stations, platforms and airports.

Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary between regions. You should refer to local authorities for specific information on face-covering requirements and any exceptions where you are.

Penalties may be imposed if you do not comply.

Those with respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt from this rule. More details are available from the Ministry for Health (in Spanish).

While not mandatory, the use of face masks on children between 3 and 5 years of age is recommended in the scenarios listed above.

Face masks must cover the nose and mouth.

Healthcare in Spain

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers and healthcare for UK nationals visiting Spain.

Developing symptoms of COVID-19 while in Spain

If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should stay in your accommodation and call your regional hotline. Most of the regional hotlines listed have English speaking staff. Some regions offer alternative helpline numbers for those calling from non-Spanish mobile phones:

  • Andalusia: Tel. +34 955 545 060
  • Balearic Islands: Tel. +34 971 211 991
  • Canary Islands: Tel. +34 928 301012 for Gran Canaria province or +34 922 470012 for Santa Cruz de Tenerife province
  • Catalonia: Tel. +34 933 039 944

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider may have a list of private doctors that they can call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.

If you have arranged your own accommodation you can find details of English speaking doctors on our list of healthcare providers.

Remember that an EHIC or GHIC covers state healthcare only, not private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or hospital.

In order to return to the UK at the end of your stay, you need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK (see the Before you leave for the UK page for further information).

Testing positive for COVID-19 while in Spain

If you are tested and the result is positive, you must self-isolate in your accommodation and call your regional hotline or one of the alternative helpline numbers as set out above. You must remain in your accommodation until contacted by local Spanish authorities. Contact times may vary across regions and can take up to 48-72 hours.

You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. You may be required to fund accommodation whilst you wait to be transferred.

The nature of your accommodation may differ from the specifications of your pre-booked hotel, villa or other place of stay.

Depending on local arrangements, travellers in groups may be required to stay in separate accommodation (e.g. if a sufficient number of rooms is not available in one venue, your group may be spread across different accommodation locations).

You should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times.

Quarantine hotels

If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The UK government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for British nationals.

EHIC or GHIC cards therefore cannot be used to cover the cost of staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need state healthcare treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel, the UK government will fund treatment as usual through the EHIC/GHIC scheme. Remember that an EHIC or GHIC does not cover private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or hospital.

Find out more from the NHS website about EHIC and GHIC healthcare cover abroad.

For information regarding access to healthcare in Spain see healthcare for UK nationals visiting Spain.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Spain.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Spain

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Spain announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Spanish national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. British nationals resident in Spain are eligible for vaccination. Spain operates its health system regionally, therefore the way people access the vaccine will differ depending on where you live. You should refer to your regional health authority for information regarding the vaccination plan in your area. If you are already registered for public healthcare you should be contacted by your regional health service to make an appointment when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

Further information is available below if you live in Spain but are not registered for public healthcare, for example, if you have private health insurance.

For more general information from the Spanish government regarding vaccines in Spain, see their vaccination strategy (only available in Spanish).

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Spain but are not registered for public healthcare

We have received the following information from certain Spanish regional healthcare authorities for those who are not registered for public healthcare (for example, those who have private health insurance). Please be aware that this is information from the Spanish authorities and is subject to change. Some information may only be available in Spanish.

  • Andalusia: You should visit Andalusia’s health service website for details on how to register for the vaccine. More information on the campaign is available on the Andalusia’s vaccine website
  • Asturias: You should go to your local health centre to register for the vaccine. For further information on the vaccination campaign in Asturias [see AsturSalud](https://www.astursalud.es/en/noticias/-/noticias/vacunas-covid-19-informacion-para-la-ciudadania
  • Balearic Islands: You should call 971 211 999 to register for the vaccine. More information is available from the Balearic Islands health service website
  • Canary Islands: You should go to your local health centre to register your contact details. To do so you must show your identification documentation such as a passport and a padrón certificate to demonstrate that you are a resident in the Canary Islands. Once registered, you will be issued an appointment for the vaccine
  • Castilla La Mancha: You can register for the vaccine by e-mailing dgsp.vacunas@jccm.es with your personal details, including your name, date of birth, full current address, passport or NIE number and a copy of your padrón certificate if available. You should also provide a Spanish mobile telephone number in order to receive SMS notifications. Alternatively, you can also register by calling 925 24 83 67
  • Catalonia: You should visit the Catalan regional government website for information on the vaccine programme roll-out in Catalonia and to apply online
  • Galicia: You should call 881 002 021 to register for the vaccine. For further information see Galicia’s regional health service webpage
  • Madrid region: You should call 900 102 112 to register for the vaccine. For more information see the Madrid regional government website
  • Murcia: You should register online for the vaccine at the Murcia’s health service website or call 900 121 212
  • Valencia region: You should go to your local health centre to register. You will be given a provisional health card to cover the vaccination and any other public health needs. You should visit the Valencia regional government health service website to check and update your contact details

If the region you live in is not listed above, you should contact your local health centre or private insurance company for further information.

We are aware that some people have been able to sign-up to the vaccine list in their region by registering temporarily at their local health centre with their residency document. This temporary registration is known as an ‘alta temporal’. You should contact your local health centre for further information.

Details for further regions will be added to this page once available.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Spain, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

If you receive your COVID-19 vaccination in Spain, you can get an EU Digital COVID Certificate from the national authorities. The Certificate proves that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. It will help facilitate your travel within the EU and, in some countries, you can use it to demonstrate your COVID-19 status to businesses and other organisations. For further information visit the European Commission’s EU Digital COVID Certificate page.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

For more information from the Spanish authorities, see the Spanish Ministry of Health website or their official Twitter channel.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.