Spain Travel Update: Spain Eases Entry Rules for British Nationals Between 12-17

Spain Travel Update: Spain Eases Entry Rules for British Nationals Between 12-17

With the half-term holidays almost upon us, families across the UK will currently be busy planning a much-needed family getaway.

Spain, especially the Canary Islands is a popular destination for families seeking good weather without too long a flight. However, a lot of UK families have cancelled half-term trips to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands because children over 12 must be double vaccinated to enter.

Hoteliers in the islands say the restrictions have significantly impacted the business and call on the government to relax its restrictions to allow more tourists.

New Entry Requirements for Children Travelling to Spain

Under current travel rules, people arriving in Spain from the UK need to be fully vaccinated in order to be granted entry.

This meant that children aged between 12 and 17 who haven’t been fully vaccinated were effectively barred from Spain, causing dismay among would-be holidaymakers.

However, the Spanish government has announced that from 14 February, the rules will be eased to make it easier for British families with children to visit the country.

Arrivals aged 12-17 will be permitted to enter Spain, so long as they’re able to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arriving.

Children aged 11 and under can already enter Spain without being jabbed and don’t need to provide a negative test.

Travellers aged 18 and up still need to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain. All arrivals will continue to be required to complete a passenger locator form.

The same travel rules will apply in the Canary Islands.

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