LAST UPDATE: 07.09.2021
May 9th the state of alarm has ended in Valencia. This means that the perimeter confinement of the Valencian Community is over as well. However, authorisation by entering the Comunidad, stays.
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Travel restrictions Spain: returning from an European Country.
From the 23rd of November 2020 you have to present a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours before travelling), if you travel from a high-risk country. In case of European countries and those in the Schengen area, Spanish authorities will rely on the risk map offered by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). You can check the map of high risk countries here.
As of December 10, international travellers from high-risk countries can enter Spain with an TMA molecular test as an alternative to the obligatory PCR, a requirement from which children under six years of age are exempt. TMA is short for Transcription Mediated Amplification. The technique has been developed by the Spanish multinational parent company Grifols and is used to detect the presence of the coronavirus in the individual.
For users there will be little difference between one and the other. The sample is taken in a similar way, using a swab in the nose. And the idea of both techniques is the same: to look for samples of the genetic material of the coronavirus, amplify it and measure it. The TMA molecular tests are based on blood plasma analysis and have the same level of reliability as PCR tests.
However, if you are fully vaccinated and have a COVID passport (more than 14days) you don’t have to take any tests and are free to enter the country.
Coming from the UK
People from the UK can enter the country for non-essential journeys. However, keep in mind that Spain remains on the UK government amber list. This means that anyone returning from Spain to the UK has to self-isolate for 10 days and take two coronavirus tests.
The amber status of Spain also means that UK government guidelines recommend the public NOT to travel there unless for an essential reason.
This includes the Balearic Islands but excludes the Canary Islands. They have based this on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks, according to the Foreign Office.
Do I need any paperwork?
Yes! You must fill in a health control form and sign this electronically before travelling to Spain. You can access the form and sign it via the Spain Travel Health website or apps. After you sign it you will receive a QR code which you must present when you arrive in Spain. Don’t forget that you must fill in a separate form for each trip and each person.
New restrictions Valencia, Spain
From September 7th, 2021 there are new restrictions in Valencia.
- The hotel and catering industry are allowed to open and welcome people on their terrace for a 100% capacity. However, inside the capacity is limited to 50% and they have a limitation of 10 people per table on the terrace and 8 people inside.
- The use of face masks is not compulsory anymore for walks on urban beaches, natural spaces in cities and swimming pools. However, it stays obligatory in shops, corwded places,…etc.
- Ceremonies such as weddings, funerals,… can be attended up to 75% of the capacity.
- The nightlife can open its doors again untill 3.ooam.
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